A quick-thinking city employee got residents safely out of harm’s way and saved lives in a Glendale apartment fire.
Brett Nuñez, a solid waste equipment operator for the city of Glendale, was working in an apartment complex near 59th Avenue and Country Gables Drive on the morning of Nov. 6 when a fire broke out in one of the buildings, according to the city.
Without concern for his own wellbeing, Mr. Nuñez grabbed a fire extinguisher and headed toward the fire. Once he realized he would not be able to put out the fire with the extinguisher, he began evacuating nearby apartments.
He made sure that all of the surrounding apartments were evacuated before fire crews arrived on scene. Altogether six apartments were affected, and out of those four were a total loss.
Mr. Nuñez’ brave actions led to all of the occupants getting out safely.
Glendale’s Fire Chief Terry Garrison on Nov. 24 presented Mr. Nuñez with a “Life Safety” Award to recognize his selflessness and courage.
Also present were Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, Mr. Nuñez’s wife, co-workers, his boss and other city leaders, including Police Chief Chris Briggs.