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OCTOBER 13, 2004


Trenton Fire Department Headquarters,
Perry Street, City of Trenton

During the early afternoon of Wednesday, October 13, 2004, members of Lawrence Road Fire Co. responded mutual aid into Trenton to stand by at city fire headquarters on Perry Street.

At the time, nearly every city fire company was committed to an assignment. Several companies were at the scene of a fatal fire in the 700 block of South Broad Street that claimed the life of 16-month-old Ismael Saavedro, while others were at the Road Runner gas station at Southard Street and Brunswick Avenue where a car had hit a gas pump and started a fire.

It was 1:38 p.m. when Mercer County Central Communications Center dispatched Rescue 22, Enterprise’s Engine 14-2 and Lawrenceville’s Ladder Tower 23 to relocate to fire headquarters.

Rescue 22 responded at 1:43 p.m. with Deputy Chief Wayne Hannon in command, Lt. Michael Ratcliffe driving, and a crew of Ff. Edward Kitchen and Ff. Evan Kutzin. Engine 22 arrived at fire headquarters at 1:48 p.m., followed by Engine 14-2 at 1:50 p.m.

Prior to Ladder Tower 23’s arrival, all three cover companies were recalled because several city units had become available. Rescue 22 left fire headquarters at 2:02 p.m. and was back in quarters at Station 22 by 2:10 p.m.

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