Manitowac Fire Department
On the night of May 12, 1995, while responding to a house fire, the crews were told that a person was still inside the burning home. Firefighter Keehan risked his own life to search the second floor for a child trapped by the fire in her home. Entry into the main floor was impossible due to a large amount of fire that had left the stairway completely blocked. Firefighter Keehan climbed a ladder to enter the second floor to search for the missing girl in an area directly above the fire. He had to withstand extreme heat and the dangers of the floor collapsing beneath him. After finding the unconscious girl, he carried her to the ladder and brought her outside. He then continued to battle the blaze until it was brought under control. Tragically, the young girl was not able to survive the ordeal, but was given the best chance possible by the selfless and courageous actions of Firefighter Keehan.