The Haverstraw Town Board will be presenting the Medal of Valor to Andrew Kolesar, the West Haverstraw volunteer firefighter who has been recognized as the 2012 state Firefighters of the Year, at the Town Board meeting at 8 p.m. Monday at Haverstraw Town Hall at 1 Rosman Road, Garnerville.
Kolesar saved the life of fellow volunteer, Kenneth Patterson, whose air pack ran out in a burning building on Jan. 14, 2011.
Kolesar, who was in the building’s pitch-dark second floor, heard Patterson’s mayday call from the radio as well as from somewhere near him. Using a thermal imaging camera, Kolesar located Patterson, whose face mask was already taken off after it collapsed because of lack of air.
Patterson was searching for residents in the burning, which later turned out to be illegally converted.