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Two lifesaving “angels” awarded

Their bravery at the Delta Motel fire saved lives
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 4:58 PM EDT
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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Three months ago, one of the largest fires the Escanaba Public Safety has ever seen engulfed Delta Inn Motel.

“Fortunately, there was an Angel coming down the road that day. A literal Angel, his name is Angel,” said Chief LaMarche from Escanaba Public Safety.

But one man passing by, Angel Lozada, stopped with his wife to help.

“I went to help the people that I could see needed help on the lower level and after getting them to safety, the people that were trapped on the top floor, we had to find a way to get them off,” said Lozada.

Angel was awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award as well as a key to the city from the mayor.

“I didn’t expect an award, but I’ll take it. And then a key to the city was a nice little gesture too,” said Lozada.

But Angel wasn’t alone the day of the fire. Another man, dressed in normal clothing, came to help.

“The person I suspected was a civilian was not. But he helped me with getting the people off the roof with a ladder as well,” said Lozada.

“On that day there was another ‘angel’. Unfortunately, not a true name-bearing but his actions were just the same,” said Captain Darin Hunter from Escanaba Public Safety.

That man, was director Robert LaMarche from Escanaba Public Safety. He was off wok and also happened to be passing by.

And last night, he was given a lifesaving award for his actions the day of the fire.

“With that being said, on behalf of Escanaba Public Safety, we present to you, Director LaMarche, the lifesaving award,” said Captain Hunter.

Escanaba Public Safety says that the case is still under investigation.

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