Senator Joseph Griffo presented Liberty Medals today to three first responders who helped rescue an individual from a fire in Rome.

A ceremony was held Tuesday morning in the Rome Common Council Chambers.

Rome Police Officers Matthew Hall and Ryan Crever and Rome Firefighter Joseph Hojnacki were recognized for rescuing a wheelchair-bound man and his dog from a fire at Peterson's Exotic Pets on February 28th.

Liberty Medals are given to individuals who have merited special commendation for exceptional, heroic or humanitarian acts and achievements on behalf of their fellow New Yorkers.

“First responders in my district proudly serve their communities and help others without a second thought,” Deputy Minority Leader Griffo said. “Officers Crever and Hall and Firefighter Hojnacki, without hesitation, immediately jumped into action and helped to rescue an individual and his dog. It is my honor to present each of them with a Liberty Medal in recognition of their remarkable actions.”