SUNY Broome’s Assistant Professor, Rob Congdon (Chemistry) is being honored this week as one of Southern Tier’s Real Heroes!

Congdon serves as a Captain in the Endwell Fire Department and is being honored for his heroic actions while responding to a house fire. Along with Firefighter Kenneth Roe of East Maine Fire Company, and Lieutenant Brian Haas of Union Center Fire Company, the team worked collaboratively to rescue a fellow firefighter who had fallen through a floor. He was trapped in the basement of the fully-involved house fire. 

Roe risked his own life by holding onto his colleague in the fiery hole, Congdon activated a “Mayday” distress call and Haas lifted his fellow firefighter from danger and dragged him to safety. 

The team will be receiving the Fire Rescue Award.

SUNY Broome would like to congratulate Professor Congdon and all of the honorees!

The American Red Cross’ Western New York Region will begin honoring the Southern Tier’s “real heroes” Monday (6/15) with a series of virtual ceremonies throughout the week. The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual breakfast to honor the heroes. Instead, the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier will honor Real Heroes award recipients through social media, and the public is invited to follow along each day as it honors different area residents, emergency responders and even a very brave cat.

Each hero’s story will be shared on the American Red Cross of Western New York’s social media platforms, describing their impact on another’s life and the community. Each hero can also be congratulated using #rhbst2020.

Read more: Southern Tier’s ‘Real Heroes’ honored by Red Cross