Fireman Joe Eveland was honored by Circleville Council during their Tuesday meeting
Circleville Council lacked a quorum to conduct business, but they COULD give recognition to a local hero.
On July 15th, when Joe Eveland was leaving work as a city firefighter, he saw a house on fire. He said he quickly confirmed there was an occupant, and knew he had to do something.
The proclamation described the risks he took - without his firefighter gear, to rescue a man in a house filling with smoke and poisonous gas, just before it became engulfed in fire.
Eveland said his training made him do something before then to make a risk assessment. He admits duty and training made his heroism easier.
Fire Chief Tim Tener said Eveland was confronted with a difficult decision, and did the right thing.
Eveland has been a volunteer and paid firefighter in Circleville and the area since 1995.