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Brooklyn Honors Month's Notable First Responders

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Brooklyn honors some of the city's bravest.

Borough President Eric Adams presided over the first "Heroes of the Month" ceremony.

Eighteen firefighters and emergency workers raced to rescue three children who were trapped in a burning building last month.

It happened at the Pink Houses in East New York.
Among the men and women honored was the probationary firefigher who helped pull one of the children to safety.

"All the attention is a little embarrassing because, I mean, I'm just part of a team. It wasn't all me," said firefighter Justin Tallet of Ladder 107.

"We saw the kids coming in, you just zero in on them and that's your main focus. My partner worked on the two older boys and I took care of the youngest one—made sure they were stable all the way to the hospital," said EMT Ewelina Zielinska of Station 39.

"Even as I speak to you now, there are EMTs and paramedics out there doing the same thing, similar to doing what we just did and sometimes it goes unnoticed. So being appreciated today is an honor," said EMT Kenneth Barriteau of Station 39.

All three boys survived the fire and are recovering.

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