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Philly Firefighter Honored For Removing Air Mask To Save Victim

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On July 4th, heavy smoke and flames weren't enough to stop Philadelphia Firefighter Francis Cheney from entering a home and then ripping off his air mask to save a victim trapped on the second floor.

The two made it out safely, but Cheney had to spend a night in the hospital due to smoke inhalation.

On Thursday, city councilmembers honored the firefighter from Ladder 10 for his work.

Cheney was on-hand for the ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall Thursday, as councilmembers Jim Kenney, Mark Squilla and Brian O'Neill honored him.

Cheney, who donated his overtime from the July 4th fire to the victim, was buried in rubble during a warehouse fire in Kensington just three months earlier.

At the time, Cheney was inspecting the adjacent building when the wall and roof caved in. He was buried in the rubble but managed to dig himself out.

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