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L.I. Volunteer Firefighter To Receive National Award For Heroism

The Award Comes With A $10,000 Grant For The Fire Department
Lt. Michael Cosgrove (credit: CBS 2)

Lt. Michael Cosgrove (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island volunteer firefighter is being honored Tuesday for his bravery.

Lt. Michael Cosgrove will receive the Liberty Mutual National Firemark Award for Heroism for risking his life to save his neighbors during a fire two years ago.

The July 3, 2011 blaze erupted at a single family home just eight doors down from his own house.

The 15-year veteran got to the house before crews arrived and managed to get everybody on the first floor out. Cosgrove then suffered second and third degrees burns while trying to save a man trapped on the second floor. Despite his efforts, the man died.

In March, Cosgrove’s home in Selden caught fire after a pickup truck slammed into it, severing a natural gas line.

Cosgrove was among those who tackled the blaze. He was on duty when the call came in, initially, for the wrong address.

“As soon as the truck came to a stop I was off like a shot, putting my stuff on to go in and find my own family,” Cosgrove told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera earlier this year.

His wife Diane Cosgrove was home with their two children, ages 9 and 7, at the time of the crash.

No one was injured.

The Firemark Award comes with a $10,000 grant for the fire department which Selden Fire Chief Joseph Leavens said will be used to buy reflective post markers that will be installed on every public fire hydrant in the district. The markers will help firefighters locate hydrants at night and during times of heavy snow.

“I’m very humbled by this honor and by the grant money from Liberty Mutual Insurance,” said Cosgrove. “This money will help increase the safety of our community by ensuring that every hydrant in the district is marked and visible, especially helpful in times of heavy snow like we experienced last year.”

Cosgrove will be presented the award Tuesday night during a ceremony at the firehouse.

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