Firefighters who went 'above and beyond the call of duty' to be honored 

The San Francisco Fire Department on Thursday night will honor some of their own brave firefighters for service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

Some of the Fire Department employees to be honored include emergency medical personnel who had just finished a medical call near Natoma Street on April 11, 2010, when they heard 30 to 40 gunshots nearby and rushed to do CPR on one victim.

“One of the medics looked up and he saw a couple masked men coming toward this gun that was lying on the ground,” Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. “He grabbed the gun and stuck it in his turnout coat and continued doing CPR.”

A firefighter will be recognized for detaining a knife-wielding man slashing tires at Fourth and Market streets at the San Francisco Giants’ World Series parade on Nov. 3.

“So our guy chased him down and tackled him,” Talmadge said. “Not only did (the suspect) have a knife, he had other weapons on him,” including hammers and other weapons in his backpack, she said.

Other firefighters will be honored for their response to an Oct. 20 four-alarm fire at 824 Hyde St., in which some occupants had to be rescued from windows.

The awards ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. in the Lindland Theatre at Archbishop Riordan High School, located at 175 Phelan Ave.

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