Bakery workers honored for heroic actions in massive Albany fire

September 08, 2017 06:24 PM

ALBANY - There was some well-deserved recognition Friday morning for some Albany workers whose heroic actions have been credited with saving lives.

Ralph Soler, Paul Pompey, Jeff Popeil John Darkins and Alfred Leigh all received certificates of recognition on Friday. They are workers at the Bimbo Bakeries Plant on North Manning Boulevard. Back on June 23 when a fire broke out right across the street, these guys really rose to the occasion.

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It was just after 6 a.m. when the group of employees were on their break and noticed smoke coming from the home at 71 North Manning. They knew there were families with young children in the home and ran across the street to wake everyone up and get everyone out.

The fire quickly got out of control and even spread to neighboring properties.

The city of Albany officially recognized these five good Samaritans on Friday. All of them say they would do it again.

"I didn't feel like I was a hero or anything," admitted Leigh, one of the people recognized. "I just was doing what anyone would have done, just trying get the people out. Hero? I mean, you can call us that but if it happened again today or tomorrow I would do it again. I wouldn't even think about it."

NewsChannel 13 asked another man, Jeff Popeil, if anyone is considering a career in firefighting.

"After seeing what they go through I don't know," he admitted. "Stick to the bakery -- we can stand that heat," he joked.


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