Refinery employees honored for heroism during fire by Philly firefighters union [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
The ceremony recognizes firefighters, paramedics and citizens for heroic acts in the last year.
By taking swift, critical actions,
The damage, however, has led to the refinery, which employed 1,100 people, shutting down and filing for bankruptcy protection. Just a caretaker staff of 83 remains.
According to Inquirer reports and information provided at Sunday’s banquet, held in the
McHugh was a console operator in the central control room who hit a button that transferred highly dangerous hydrofluoric acid away from the blast area in Unit 433 and into a separate holding tank, averting a potential catastrophe. Diberardo, Farrell, and McElhinney climbed refinery pipes under fiery conditions and shut down the valves to stop the fuel to the fire.
Also recognized Sunday were nearly two dozen firefighters and medic unit operators who responded to a house fire on
The awards event originated from the
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