September 1, 2022
Parker Gavigan, Director of Communications
City Council Honors Firefighter with Medal of Bravery
PROVIDENCE, RI – At tonight’s City Council meeting, the Municipal Medal of Bravery was presented by the City Council to Providence firefighter Stanley Carmichael for his heroic actions on the night of July 24, 2022, when he saved a man from a burning home on Rhodes Street. Firefighter Carmichael took quick and decisive action when he climbed a ladder to the home’s second-floor balcony while flames shot through the roof. Carmichael reached the trapped victim and brought him safely to the ground. “When asked by reporters about his heroic actions, Stanley Carmichael humbly thanked his fellow firefighters for helping him carry out the rescue. This bravery, integrity, and humility is a shining representation of the work the men and women of the Providence Fire Department do every day to keep our City safe. Mr. Carmichael not only saved the life of the victim he pulled from the burning building, he also saved the family, friends, and community who would have suffered a great tragedy. The Providence City Council is forever grateful to Stanley Carmichael and all firefighters in the City of Providence for the great work that they do,” said Councilman Michael Correia (Ward 6).
“The Municipal Medal of Bravery has been awarded seven (7) times since it was first adopted into the City Charter more than one hundred years ago, in 1915. Firefighter Carmichael’s actions that night exemplify heroism. We praise him for this incredible act of bravery that will not soon be forgotten,” added Council President John Igliozzi. The Municipal Medal of Bravery was created to honor any police officer, firefighter, or other officer or employee of the city for extraordinary acts of bravery or valor.