MENANDS, N.Y. -- One month after fire ripped through a Menands apartment complex, dozens of local firefighters were honored for their bravery that night.
Five fire departments responded to the fire at the Dutch Village Apartments on October 4. Inside, several residents of the apartments had to be rescued and are safe today thanks to the dozens of firefighters that helped them escape.
On Monday the Menands Village Mayor and trustees honored the firefighters.
Richard Debenedetto says his 18 year old son Dominic was born to be a firefighter.
"I'm proud of him. His grandfather was a NYC firefighter and he just enjoys it," he says.
Dominic and his Shaker Road Volunteer Fire Department were the first on scene as flames tore through the apartments.
"He was calling me at 6:30 in the morning, ‘dad I put my first fire out,' he was so excited," he says.
Several residents of the apartments had to be rescued that night.
"Dominic and his buddy were inside with the hose and a couple of people went up on the ladder and rescued some people and brought them down," he says.