Firefighters honored for saving drowning woman

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Two Hamilton firefighter-paramedics were honored on Tuesday for saving a woman who was drowning.

Scott Baum and Joseph Phillips will be awarded with the Meritorious Service Medal during a ceremony on Tuesday morning at Fire Headquarters.

Baum and Phillips rescued a young woman from the waters of the hydraulic canal on June 18. They heard screaming coming from the canal and found the woman holding on to a tree branch. When she said she couldn't hang on anymore, Baum jumped in, and Phillips later pulled both of them out.

"What Joe and I did that day is what we're supposed to do, it's what we're trained to do," said Baum. "We risk our own lives for the lives of others."

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