Five Centreville Residents To Receive Life Saving Awards

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 12-53
Date:  July 16, 2012

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will present Life Saving certificates to five residents of Centreville, Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 4 p.m. at Fairfax County Maintenance and Stormwater Management, 10635 West Drive, Fairfax, Virginia. Their heroic and lifesaving actions are in connection with the townhouse fire on June 22, 2012, at Hoskins Hollow Circle, Centreville.

Life Saving certificates will be presented to Said Benayed, Al Hussein Ahmed Wanas, Zoe Shankle, Deborah Shankle, and Ashley Osterday for their actions in rescuing a mother and daughter. Without due regard for their safety, they entered a smoke-filled environment with active fire impeaching on several townhouses to rescue both women, one of whom was confined to a wheelchair and led them to safety. Additionally, an off-duty firefighter also assisted in the rescue and called in the fire to the fire officer at the 911 call center on his portable radio.

Deputy Chief James J. Walsh, A-Shift Operations Deputy, will present the certificates.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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