On Tuesday, November 17, FDNY Lieutenant Adam Vilagos of Engine Company 316 rescued a newborn baby boy from a fire in Queens. At approximately 9:30p.m. FDNY received calls for a house fire on 106th Street in Queens and arrived at the home minutes later. When Firefighters reached the scene, the occupants reported that a three-week-old newborn baby was still trapped inside the attic of the burning home.
Lt. Vilagos entered the home, searching in zero visibility for a way up into the attic where the baby was trapped. Climbing a steep, narrow set of stairs through thick, black smoke, Lt. Vilagos heard the baby struggling to breathe. He located the baby, carefully removed him from the crib and carried the newborn back down the steep, narrow steps and out of the home back to safety. The baby boy was then treated by EMTs from Station 46, Firefighters from Engine 307 and Paramedics on scene while Lt. Vilagos went back into the home to fight the fire.
As a father of young children, Lt. Vilagos said that his fatherly instincts instantly kicked in when he heard that a child was still inside of the burning home. “I couldn’t imagine if that was my kid” he said, “I was desperately trying to get to that stairwell”.
An eighteen year veteran of the Department, Lt. Vilagos also happens to be the nephew of Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. Growing up in a family of firefighters, “I always knew there was a great comradery [in the Department]”, said Lt. Vilagos, who attributes his response and level of preparedness to the training he has received. “We don’t do anything alone in the fire department, everything is a team effort”.
Commissioner Nigro expressed a deep sense of pride in all of the Firefighters who responded to this fire, as well as in all FDNY Firefighters who risk their lives on a daily basis to help protect those living in and visiting New York City.
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