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11-17-09 Heroic Actions

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11-17-09 Heroic Actions
On October 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM, Jason Burgess, Erica Schatz, Mark and Julia Owens, Jerry and Gail Gray were boating near the Shell Point retirement community when they heard a fire alarm coming from the main building; and Whereas: They saw smoke coming from a unit on the second floor and then motored their boat to the nearest seawall in front of the complex; and Whereas: Jason Burgess and Mark Owens ran to the second floor and entered the unit and then entered the lanai only to find 92 year old Herbert Hanson with burn injuries; and Whereas: Jason Burgess carried Mr. Hanson out of the unit by following voice directions from Mark Owens; and Whereas: While Mark Owens stayed with Mr. Hanson, Jason Burgess re-entered the unit with a fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire while waiting for the Iona-McGregor Fire Department to arrive on the scene; and Whereas: Erica Schatz, Julia Owens, Jerry and Gail Gray were instrumental in supporting and aiding Jason Burgess and Mark Owens by directing the boat to a seawall where Jason and Mark could access the property, by clearing bystanders from the path of incoming first responders, by calling 911 and then communicating with emergency personnel on scene as to the location and condition of the patient. NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, that we do hereby recognize and praise Jason Burgess, Erica Schatz, Mark and Julia Owens, Jerry and Gail Gray for: MERITORIOUS, EXEMPLARY AND HEROIC SERVICE to a citizen in need of immediate emergency assistance in Lee County and urge all citizens to recognize these six individuals for outstanding commitment to one of their fellow citizens. Duly Executed this 17th Day of November 2009.