Off-Duty Fire Captain, A.C. Resident Save Man from Burning Building

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

An off-duty fire captain and a resident of Atlantic City rescued a man from a burning building Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, February 6th, Captain Sylvester Fonville saw smoke from his home, which is only a few blocks away from the building.

Fonville heard a man yelling for help from the second floor of the burning building.

The resident, Ab Green, and Fonville both raced up to the building to help the man who "was burned pretty bad,” including burns to his face.

The victim was taken to the Trauma Unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Temple University Hospital, according to Fire Chief Scott Evans.

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Fonville had to call the fire in himself, with fire trucks responding within three minutes.

“Platoon 1 did a phenomenal job,” said Fonville. “They gave it 110-percent, from the response time to fighting the fire. From the incident commander and deputy chief all the way to the junior guy. My hat’s off to them. They’re the best.”

Fonville also praised resident Green for stepping up and helping the victim. 

“The gentleman that was there did a good job,” said Fonville. “He didn’t hesitate. He came right away and helped.”

Fonville has done some work when off-duty before; last February he captured a man who was trying to burglarizing his home.

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