Public Employee Press
Staffer a hero
in January blaze
On a blistering cold Jan. 9, DC 37 staffer José González
sprang into action in a valiant effort to save lives. As the Eligibility
Enrollment Clerk II was getting ready to turn in for the night at his
Brooklyn apartment, he got a telephone call with bad news: A two-alarm
fire was spreading at his girlfriends nearby apartment house.
He jumped out of bed and rushed to the three-story building on Wilson
Avenue. Mr. González got his girlfriend and a small child to safety
on the buildings roof by climbing a ladder.
There they waited for an hour until the flames were under control. My
feet and hands were freezing. They were turning blue, he said. Unfortunately,
a 29-year-old man with Downs syndrome died of injuries that he suffered
in the blaze, which fire marshals classified as arson.