The City of Hagerstown won't pay $700 in medical bills for two Hagerstown men who were injured helping out during an apartment fire in March, City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Thursday.
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"We're not prepared to use public funds for an injury of this nature," he said.
Kevin Pose and Dave Riggleman, both of Hagerstown, were standing near the YMCA on North Potomac Street around 4 p.m. on March 20 when they heard that an apartment building across the street was on fire.
The men rushed to 136 N. Potomac St., and found it was filling with smoke. A family inside was attempting to put out the fire, which was started by a child playing with matches, according to fire officials.
Pose and Riggleman convinced the family to leave and hauled out a burning mattress.
Hagerstown Fire Department Capt. Brian Pile praised the men at the time and said "because of their actions there was only minor damage."