Shavertown firefighters to be honored for saving woman in burning building

October 6th, 2017 12:44 pm

LEHMAN TWP. — The Shavertown Volunteer Fire Department will honor five of its own with Medals of Valor for saving the life of a Dallas woman trapped in a burning house.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Nesbitt Academic Commons Building on the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus.

The fire occurred on the evening of July 4 on Main Street in Dallas Borough. Two homes were destroyed by a fire that trapped a resident of one of the homes in an upstairs bedroom. Shavertown firefighters responded, along with Back Mountain Regional and other departments, to the report of a “working structure fire with confirmed entrapment”.

The trapped woman, Ilalou Warmouth, was on the line with a Luzerne County 911 dispatcher as the responding units drove to the scene. Shavertown firefighters made entry into the burning building and rescued the woman after searching through heavy smoke as fire burned around and below them. The rescued woman suffered burns but survived.

Chief Gary Beisel, local elected officials, and fellow firefighters and their families will be at the event. It is hoped Warmouth will be able to attend the ceremony.