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Andrew Ebli


Dominic Ibarra


Michael Adams Arturo Martinez Cristian Granucci Jeffrey Ochoa


a rescue of the victims. Using full PPE’s includ- ing turnout boots, gauntlet gloves and reaching tools, Engineer Andrew Ebli, Firefighter Mi- chael Adams and Firefighter Dominic Ibarra entered the danger zone. Moving gingerly through the ankle-deep, electrified water, they used slow, careful shuffle steps to reach the downed victims. Adams touched the first vic- tim with the back of his hand, and not feeling any electricity, the three firefighters proceeded to remove the victims from the water. Because of the significant caution required, it took several long minutes to make the rescues. As Ebli, Adams and Ibarra were work-


ing to rescue the victims, A/O Steve Avedis- sian, along with Captain Dale Shrode, was able to successfully shut down the hydrant. As all the involved members continued to search for the source of the electricity, the scene was made even more chaotic with an emotional crowd of onlookers adding to the confusion. After rescuing the victims, the fire-


Jeffrey Brown Robert Dale Shrode Ryan Jensen


fighters surveyed the bystanders to see if any- one else had injuries. Six additional patients, including an LAPD officer, were treated for various levels of electrocution. The two women who were removed from the water received ALS treatment on the scene. Sadly, both died from their injuries. Although all Task Force 60 members


took calculated risks throughout the incident, Elbi, Adams and Ibarra took extreme personal risk in making initial contact with the electro- cuted victims. They demonstrated courage and bravery, “risking a lot to save a lot,” and were each awarded with the Department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor. For having demonstrated conspicuous


Steve Avedissian Timothy Togneri


acts of bravery with calculated personal risk, A/O Steve Avedissian, Captain Jeffrey Brown, Captain Robert Shrode, FF/PM Jeffrey Ochoa, Engineer Timothy Togneri, Captain Cristian Granucci, Firefighter Ryan Jensen and FF/ PM Arturo Martinez were awarded Medals of Merit.


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