Firefighter honored with Lifesaving Award

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown Professional Fire Fighters Local 312 held its 27th annual retirement and awards dinner Friday evening at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall.

Among those honored were five firefighters who retired last year, including Lt. David Cisine, 41 years of service; Lt. Marty Lipinsky, 28 years; Lt. Kevin Winebold, 31 years; Capt. David Leetch, 28 years; and Lt. John Marks, 33 years.

Firefighter Tommy Gibbs Jr. received the Lifesaving Award for performing CPR on a woman after she jumped off the McKelvey Bridge on Jacobs Road on Oct. 5. His actions ensured the victim was stabilized for transport to the hospital and further treatment, according to the awards dinner program.

“I’m gracious, but this is what the city of Youngstown pays us to do. This is what they expect of us, they don’t expect any less. I’m grateful and I appreciate it. And I appreciate the honor, but this is what they expect of us,” Gibbs said.

In addition to Gibbs, the Valor Award was presented to Youngstown police officers Sgt. James Pasquale, Edward Colon and Marcin Stachowicz, who also helped save the woman’s life.

The firefighters union also awarded scholarships to 10 students whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents served as a Youngstown firefighter. Recipients included:

  • Ashley Alexander
  • Marissa Carbon
  • Robert Carbon
  • Miranda Carkido
  • Teresa Carkido
  • Mark DiTullio
  • Danielle Green
  • Cory German
  • Caitlin Moran
  • John J. O’Neill, son of Fire Chief John J. O’Neill Jr.

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