They were some of the first witnesses of a tragic house fire in Webster. Six West Webster firefighters were among the honorees at a special dinner in Penfield.
They received an award last night for their actions on that December morning.
Al Sienkiewicz of the West Webster Fire Department says the young crew that responded to the fire acted like experienced firefighters and put the fire out quickly.
Two members of the Pilato family made it out alive by jumping to safety. Sadly, three other family members died.
Sienkiewicz says despite the tragedy, the West Webster firefighters did everything they could. "Their actions, quite frankly, nothing more could have been done than what they did. You can't look back and second-guess yourself as to what if you'd done this or done that, had the outcome changed. It would not have."
Carmen Pilato and his sons, Peter and josh, were killed in that fire.