CATONSILLE, Md. - A trash truck driver was recognized Wednesday for his brave action that saved the lives of a Catonsville family earlier this month.
During his early morning collection rounds at about 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, Bruce Wood of Catonsville noticed smoke coming from the roof of a home on the 500 block of Bathurst Road in Catonsville. He then called 911 and roused the sleeping occupants and prevented them from reentering the house; all just minutes before those in the home would likely have died, firefighters said.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz presented a Wood – who has worked for Baltimore County refuse and recycling for seven years – with an Executive Citation and a Hero Pin during a ceremony at the Catonsville fire station on Frederick Road. Fire officials said Wood’s alert and decisive action not only saved the lives of the home’s occupants but also their dogs.
"On that average workaday morning, Bruce Wood's actions were anything but average," said Kamenetz in a statement. "He was observant enough to recognize that people were in serious danger, and he cared enough jump into action and make sure they all got out of their burning home safely. That's what I call a hero!"
Among those present to recognize Wood were county fire Chief John Hohman, members of the county fire department, County Council and state delegation along with Patty Miller, one of the house fire victims.
"Mr. Wood did all the right things," said Hohman in a statement. "First he made sure that 911 was called, and then he did everything he could to help the people in need."
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