BAGUIO: The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recently honored fire fighters who risked their lives to save others in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) during the celebration of the 43rd Fire Service Recognition Day. BFP Deputy Chief for Operations Fire Chief Supt. Leonides Perez assisted by BFP-Cordillera Regional Director, Fire Senior Supt. Maria Sofia Mendoza awarded Medalya ng Papuri to real-life heroes who have selflessly rendered various services to the public. Perez said the fire fighters also responded to shooting incidents and rescued trapped persons from confined spaces and vehicular traffic accidents in Atok Benguet, Lamut, Ifugao and Tabuk City, Kalinga. Fire fighters in Apayao were recognized for their immediate actions like evacuating of families during recent flash floods in Santa Marcela and Luna. In Bontoc, Mountain Province, a baby was delivered by fire fighters in a dormitory. Fire personnel also responded to a drowning incident in Pidigan, Abra and conducted search, rescue and retrieval operations in Pinukpuk, Kalinga and Bontoc, Mountain Province. The annual recognition event started as homage to the fire fighters who lost their lives in a Rockwell Power Plant fire in Bel-Air, Makati City on December 14, 1973 led by then Lt. Jose Fabicon, Fireman Domingo Viray and Fireman Fructuso Planas. Since then and every December, the BFP commemorates the heroism of the three fallen firefighters by giving recognition to its personnel.