Fallen Spring Valley ‘Hero’ Honored By President Joe Biden
A fallen Hudson Valley firefighter was awarded the nation's highest civilian medal of honor.
On Monday, President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Valor to fifteen public safety officers.
"These awards are for acts of bravery in eight different incidents during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 award cycles. Nine police officers and six firefighters are receiving the award for acts of bravery in the line of duty," the White House stated in a press release. "The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm."
Spring Valley Firefighter Honored By President Joe Biden
A Hudson Valley firefighter who died saving the lives of many others was among the recipients of the 2020-2021 class. Jared Lloyd's Rockland County family was at the White House Monday to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor in his honor.
The 35-year-old Spring Valley firefighter lost his life while trying to save over 110 people who lived at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in March of 2021.
Below is what the White House said about Lloyd:
Fallen 2nd Lieutenant Jared Lloyd of the Spring Valley, New York, Fire Department repeatedly rushed into a burning nursing home to carry out elderly residents who couldn’t escape in their wheelchairs and walkers. Along with his team, Lieutenant Lloyd rescued all 112 residents. As flames engulfed the building, Lieutenant Lloyd ran back in one more time to make sure no residents were trapped, ultimately sacrificing his life as the building collapsed – and demonstrating heroic actions to protect innocent civilians.
Lloyd was one of the first responders on the scene of the massive fire at Evergreen Court For Adults.
Lloyd was killed while searching for others, determined to rescue anyone who was trapped. Lloyd was the father of two boys and a 15-year member of the Columbian Engine Company.
"We lost a real American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to and protection of his community," Rockland County Executive Ed Day stated after Lloyd's death. "He searched as the building burned; determined to rescue anyone who may have been trapped. His loss is devastating and it will not ever be forgotten."
Lloyd was able to rescue several residents of the assisted living facility before his death, according to a GoFundMe set up for his family.
The GoFundMe for his family has raised over $647,000, as of this writing. CLICK HERE to donate.
Evergreen Court Home for Adults is a senior living provider in Spring Valley that offers residents assisted living, nursing homes and continuing care.
The fire also claimed the life of a resident.