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Warren firefighter receives Carnegie Medal

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WARREN, R.I. -

It's a prestigious award given to those who risk their lives to save the lives of others, and now a Warren man has been added to the list of recipients.

The certificate was by his side as Pat Rimoshytus, told of the harrowing ordeal that happened last December 12th that earned him the award. "The tires drove into the cement causing the car to burst into flames. It was really crazy for a few minutes there."

A woman was trapped inside her car after an accident on Schoolhouse Road near Market Street in Warren, where the pavement still is scarred with tire marks. Rimoshytus, a retired Newport firefighter, happened to have some old gear in his car; he put it on and rushed to her side. He showed NBC 10 his charred helmet, painting a picture of the seriousness of the situation.

According to Rimoshytus there was heavy fire inside and the victim's clothes were on fire. That victim was 68 year old Carolyn Corbett of Barrington, who despite the heroic efforts of Rimoshytus succumbed to her injuries in the following days.

Despite their devastation over the loss, the bravery of one man did not go unnoticed by Corbett's family. Rimoshytus told NBC 10 "I attended the woman's funeral, and they were very grateful to have the last few days with their mom."

Warren Fire Department Chief Al Galinelli was not surprised by Rimoshytus's heroic act, "everybody calls the firefighters heroes, but firefighters don't call themselves heroes. It's a job we trained to do. It's a profession we love. "

Now a social member of the Warren Fire Department, Rimoshytus says he'd do it again if the situation presented itself, "it was just natural instincts to see someone in need and try to do something about it. I would think that most firefighters feel the same way about it."

Natural instincts or not Rimoshytus's acts were still considered heroic and brave by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in Pennsylvania who awarded him the Carnegie Medal this week. So how prestigious is this award? Rimoshytus is just one of 22 recipients in the United States and Canada this year.

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