First fire fighter to be named Manitoba’s firefighting hero.
Firefighter Scott Gagel, 36, has been honoured for his efforts to fight fires in Manitoba.
Gagel was working with his wife, Jessica, in the area of St. Thomas and Woodlands in the summer of 2016 when he noticed a thick black smoke coming from a home on the street, he said.
“I looked out my window and I could see the smoke was coming from the house,” Gagels mother, Stephanie, said.
“The next thing I knew I saw Scott come out of the house and grab a fire extinguisher and was like ‘Holy smokes, this is really happening!'”
Gagels firefighting abilities were not limited to his personal efforts.
He was also instrumental in saving lives during the wildfires in 2016.
He has been a member of the Manitoba Fire Brigade since 2007.
Gags wife, Stephanie Gageland, said her husband was one of the first firefighters to respond to a call for help in 2016 after the house caught on fire.
“He was the first firefighter in that house that responded,” Stephanie Gaggels said.GAGEL, 36: “I think Scott is the only one who has ever done it, so I think it’s pretty cool.”
The Gagell family has been working together for the past several years to keep the family and friends safe from the wildfires that ravaged the area in the late summer of 2015.
Jessica Gageli, who lives with Scott in Winnipeg, said she was surprised when she saw her husband’s story.
“It was pretty surprising,” Jessica said.
She said her family was worried about Scott, but he had been working hard since the fires.
“As long as Scott is here and he’s doing his job, he’s going to keep going and we’re going to stay safe,” Jessica Gagela said.
Scott Gagelin was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ont.
and is a father of two children.
He is a member in good standing of the Ontario Firefighters Association and is an active member of his local firefighting community.
Scott has been nominated by his own father, Scott Gaggel, to be a Manitoba Firefighter of the Year in 2019.
“Scott has made a lot of people’s lives better,” Stephanie said.
For more information on the Manitoba fires and fires in the Prairies, visit firefighting.gov.mb.ca