Burning fire flame with smoke on the apartment house roof in the city, firefighter or fireman on the ladder extinguishes fire

"Peoria Fire Chief Bobby Ruiz praised the Public Works employees for their smart efforts and quickness to assist fellow residents."

The Peoria City Council honored three Public Works employees for their assistance in extinguishing a house fire in Peoria.

Around 1: 45 p.m. on Oct. 24, Timothy Glenn, Shane Hampton and Juan Arreola of Public Works Street Division were driving along 85th Avenue and turned onto Las Palmaritas Drive when one of the men spotted a home engulfed in flames. 

The driver of the truck stopped and the men quickly assessed the situation. That’s when the three men swiftly jumped into action after shouting, “fire.” 

Noticing the flames were coming from the top of the house and burning its exterior, the men took a nearby hose and a fire extinguisher from their work truck and began to do their best containing the fire. Two neighbors began to assist the men by filling up several buckets with water to douse the flames and surroundings.

It wasn’t long before Peoria firefighters showed up to take over the firefighting efforts, the public works employees explained to the fire crew the efforts they took to control the fire to that point and stepped aside so firefighters could safely extinguish the inferno. 

Peoria Fire Chief Bobby Ruiz praised the Public Works employees for their smart efforts and quickness to assist fellow residents.

“Your actions saved more than extensive damage to the home and the safety of the homeowner. It is for these reasons that the Peoria Fire and Medical Department hereby presents you with a letter of recognition,” Ruiz said.

“(This) is really just a recognition of the many hats that some of our City of Peoria employees take on,” City Manager Jeff Tyne added. “As we often say, we have different roles we have to play.”

Each of the three men were awarded individual letters and a round of applause from the council and city residents. Everybody in attendance expressed their appreciation.

“Just to go above and beyond in that moment is so telling,” Tyne said. “So, thank you for your bravery during that event.”