Virginia Beach firefighters honored for jet crash response

Posted at 7:33 PM, Feb 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-24 21:45:59-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) -- Firefighters in Virginia Beach were recognized Sunday for their fast response during last year's Navy jet crash.

Rescuers were given the Governor's Fire Service Award for Outstanding Fire Response for their quick action after a fighter jet crash into an apartment complex. No one was killed that day.

Officials also praised citizens for their help moving hoses so firefighters could get to work.

The mayor of Virginia Beach said he is proud of firefighters -- and the city.

"While the lack of fatalities was miraculous, the quick containment of the fire was absolutely incredible," Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said. "I can tell you that I've never had a more proud moment as mayor."

This is the second straight year the Virginia Beach Fire Department has won the award for outstanding fire response.