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Posted on: July 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Alexander Recognizes Norfolk Firefighters for Recovery Efforts in Florida

Firefighters assisted in recovering 25 people in Surfside Florida condo collapse

NORFOLK, VA – Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D  recognized seven members of Norfolk Fire-Rescue during Tuesday’s City Council meeting for assisting in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida.

The Norfolk firefighters were a part of the USAR Virginia Task Force 2 that deployed to Florida and recovered 25 people from the collapse. The group returned to the Virginia Beach Training Center on July 13. 

The firefighters recognized are:

Captain Christian Fultz - Rescue Team Manager 

Captain Mike Yoshida - Rescue Specialist

Lt. Spencer Davis - Rescue Specialist       

Captain Bobby Matthews - Hazmat Team Manager

Battalion Chief Wayne Watson – Hazmat Specialist

Lt. Russ Bargy – Technical Search Specialist

Lt. David Bissell – Technical Search Specialist 

During their final operation, the group had to clear debris to reach the ground floor and parking garages of the collapsed building. Due to the tragic conditions, a large emphasis was placed on responder mental health and wellness while deployed. Those resources and services will continue to be offered to all team members as they resume normal work duties.

From left: BC Wayne Watson, Captain Bobby Matthews, Captain Mike Yoshida, Captain Chris Fultz, Lt. David Bissell, Lt. Spencer Davis, Lt. Russell Bargy





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