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Ralph Bravo

As a first responder his entire adult life, Ralph Bravo knows where there’s smoke, likely there’s fire.  So when the Jersey City Medical Center EMS tour supervisor caught a whiff this morning while on patrol in the Greenville section of the city, he stopped what he was doing and searched until he found smoke coming from 118 Bostwick AvenueThe Jersey Journal reports

Bravo, a Jersey City resident, is being credited with saving the lives of two people inside after he rushed in to jolt two second-floor residents from their sleep.

“I saw smoke in the area of Bostwick Avenue and I asked a bystander and he didn’t know where it was coming from,” the 38-year-old Bravo said. “I called my dispatcher and they said no fire had been reported. I finally found the house and I could see there was a lot of smoke coming out.

“I updated the dispatcher and ran into the two-family house and got two people out,” he said. “I must have woken them up. The (Jersey City) Fire Department got there a couple minutes later.”

The first-floor apartment was empty, Bravo and Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said of the 2-alarm blaze that broke out just before 4 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, there were heavy flames and smoke extending from the cockloft, Morrill said. The fire, which caused extensive damage to the cockloft and second floor, was brought under control by 5:06 a.m. The cause is under investigation, Morrill said.


“That’s why I love this job,” Bravo said when asked about what it feels like to rescue two people. “You never know what’s going to happen. Every day is different.”


Bravo said this is a first for him in his 19 years on the job, but Rob Luckritz, EMS director at JCMC, said one his EMTs was the first to report a fire at the McDonald’s on Grand Street a few years ago.

“These types of incidents speak volumes about the caliber of individuals we have here at the Jersey City Medical Center EMS,” Luckritz said. “We are so proud of Chief Bravo for going above and beyond this morning.”

2 Alarm fire on Bostwick Avenue, 10/19/15
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