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Manlius Fire Department relates to Owego’s loss

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Manlius Fire Department relates to Owego’s loss
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The circumstances of Monday's fire in Newark Valley are eerily similar to one 11 years ago that claimed the lives of two Manlius firefighters. Our Katie Gibas sat down with the Manlius fire chief as his department works with heavy hearts.

MANLIUS, N.Y. -- For emergency responders, seeing the scene that left one firefighter dead in a Newark Valley fire is a tough reminder of the dangers of the job.

"In the heat of the moment, things happen and people are trying to do their best. Our firefighters are doing their best to do their job and unfortunate things happen," said Paul Whorrall, Manlius Fire Chief.

Owego firefighter Matthew Porcari died after the floor in a burning building collapsed.

Manlius lost two of their own in a similar situation. Lieutenant John Ginochetti and paramedic Timothy Lynch died March 7, 2002 when they fell through a burning floor of a house in Pompey.

Last year marked the tenth anniversary. A service and moment of silence was held for each of the men.

The Manlius fire chief says hearing about the Owego firefighter hits close to home and is heartbreaking.

"Our hearts go out to them. Anything we can do to assist them or help them, we'd be more than willing to because we know what they're going through," said Whorrall.

The Manlius fire chief says that out of these incidents usually come new safety measures to better protect those fighting fires.

"Every major call that we have and when we come back, we discuss it. We go through it and talk about what we could have done better or what we did that worked," said Whorrall.

Chief Whorrall says since he lost his firefighters, now there is more advanced technology and rescue crews are always on scene ready if a firefighter gets trapped or injured inside a building.

In Porcari's case, that rescue mission got him out of the building but wasn't enough to save him from his injuries.

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