Assemblyman Andrew Raia (left) meets with firefighter Mike Giroux, his wife and two daughters in the Assembly Chamber
On Friday, March 4, 2011, two workers were painting a high-rise building in the city of Yonkers when suddenly their platform collapsed, causing them to dangle dangerously 13 stories above the ground. The Yonkers Police Department went forward with their rescue plan despite high winds. Firefighter Giroux was chosen to descend from the roof of the 27-story apartment building to rescue the two men who were hanging from the broken scaffolding. He was able to successfully harness and bring the two painters to safety.
“It’s a great honor to meet and spend time with Michael,” said Raia. “His actions that day demonstrated unwavering courage and bravery. We cannot extend enough appreciation for his valiant public service.”