Two Newport firefighters injured in a house fire a year ago have been honored as York County’s firefighters of the year.
On March 23, 2015, Newport Fire Department firefighters Joseph Volk and Rich Diamanti suffered broken legs and other injuries while fighting a house fire west of Rock Hill. A wall of the house fell on the men.
Not only did York County recognize both for their courage and sacrifice, Newport honored them with the Maltese Cross, a bravery award, Newport Fire Chief Carl Faulk said.
Newport is largely a volunteer fire department, but it has paid firefighters during weekday hours. Both men were working when injured. Volk, 24, nicknamed “Hero” after joining the department as a teen after saving people from a fire, has since returned to firefighting duty.
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“We are proud to have him back and proud of his service,” Faulk said.
However, Diamanti, 56, a New Jersey native who has been a firefighter since 1977, has moved back to New Jersey after requiring a bone graft, Faulk said.
Dozens of firefighters from several departments as well as Piedmont Medical Center EMTs responded to the fire and assisted with the fire and medical care for both Volk and Diamanti.