Brookfield firefighters, from left, Russell Vereshack, Julian Janoviak and Capt. Mike Hagood receive the Brookfield Fire Service Medal of Meritorious Conduct for their actions at a Dec. 16 mobile home fire in Vienna.
Vereshack and Janoviak entered the smoke-filled trailer and rescued a woman they found in a bedroom, and all three attempted to resuscitate her until ambulance personnel arrived. The woman later died.
The awards were handed out Feb. 2, the same night that Vereshack was hired as a full-time firefighter in the department, pending a background check and physical.
The township and fire union are negotiating a new contract. Under the contract that expired Dec. 31, firefighters are paid $43.306 a year.