Lieutenant Tony Cavallo in the St. Charles Fire Department recently was named a finalist in the 2016 American Legion Firefighter of the Year Award. Lt. Cavallo was honored at the Sept. 6, 2016, City Council Meeting.
Lt. Cavallo had to meet stringent eligibility guidelines and professional criteria to be considered for the award, which includes nominees from fire departments throughout Illinois.
Lt. Cavallo has received multiple citations for his competence, courage and compassion. His nomination highlights incidents such as rescuing a wheelchair-bound resident from a second floor apartment that was on fire by bringing him down a ladder to safety. It also notes a time he extinguished a large grill fire at the VFW after last year’s Memorial Day Parade and personally bought groceries to replace what was ruined in the fire so the veterans could enjoy their picnic.