May 18, 2020 - Mayor Tom Henry and Fire Chief Eric Lahey today presented Catherine Addison Wiese with a Certificate of Excellence. The 12-year-old was roller blading this spring when she noticed flames coming from a neighbor’s gas meter. Catherine immediately rang Mary Ellen O’Brien’s doorbell and the resident called 911. The Fort Wayne Fire Department responded and quickly put out the fire.
“When I think back at that moment in time I realize how tragic that night could have been,” said Mary Ellen. “I am here today to be able to tell my story and be able to thank Cate for her courage and bravery. I also want to thank the Fort Wayne Fire Department for responding so quickly and working so fast to put the fire out.”