Tampa Fire Rescue
Eric Stokes followed in the footsteps of his role model when he entered the fire service in 2006 with Tampa Fire Rescue. Since childhood he was intrigued by the sound of the fire truck his father worked on.
What started out as an ordinary day on July 24th 2010, ended with a life-saving rescue of an 18 month old girl. The call came in and the crew of Engine #4, which includes Firefighter Stokes, responded to a multiple alarm because a ten unit apartment building was engulfed in flames. Twenty minutes into the call a second call came in letting the firefighters know there was still a person on the second floor. Though the roof has begun to collapse and debris was everywhere, Firefighter Stokes and the crew of Engine #4 went back into the building to try and locate the missing person. With zero visibility the crew split up and started checking rooms. That's when they heard a child screaming out in the hallway. Firefighter Stokes was the first to reach the child. He scooped her up and quickly ran down the stairs and outside to waiting personnel. It was Firefighter Stokes first time rescuing anyone and being that it was a child, it made it very special.
For his actions on that day Firefighter Stokes received the Espirit De Corps from Tampa Fire Rescue, First Responder of Year Award from Community Heroes and the Liberty Mutual Fire Mark Award.