Grand Island Celebrates Local Heroes

October 8, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 8, 2010 Updated Oct 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM EDT

GRAND ISLAND (WKBW) Tonight on Grand Island, it was all about fire prevention.

"This is our annual fire prevention event. We hold it on the Friday of Fire Prevention Week to culminate the end of our education period in the schools," said Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher.

But the night belonged to ordinary people who did extraordinary things. Seven year old Taylor Dawidowicz is one of those people.
"I saved my mom," Taylor said, "she fainted and I called 911."

When Taylor found her mom unconscious last year, she responded quickly. Tonight, she was awarded for her actions, as she received the Firefighters Commendation Award.

Some local emergency responders were also recognized after saving a mans life in August. The man collapsed during a triathlon, and with the help of local firefighters and bystanders, he was revived.

"The reason I'm standing here today is because I had excellent care from 2 Niagara Falls firefighters, 2 Grand Island firefighters, and some people from the Strong Memorial Hospital including a doctor and 2 nurses," Brian McGovern said. He was the man whose life was saved, and he assisted in giving out the awards.

Other interactive events were also held for the kids, along with demonstrations of a rescue extraction and a car fire.

"Prevention and education, and it's for both children and families. It's what we pride ourselves on," Fire Chief Butcher said after the event.

This event annually draws about three thousand people, making it one of the biggest fire prevention events in Western New York.