The mayor of Newport News, Va., presented a proclamation to Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jessica Jusino and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Devon Bishop Aug. 12 for their heroic actions last month in rescuing an elderly woman from her burning home.
By Lt. Desiree Frame, ABH2 Devon Bishop, and ABH3 Jessica Jusino
It’s not every day that an opportunity arises to implement the training you receive in the Navy. In fact, sometime it feels as if all you do as a Sailor is train. General Quarters drills, man overboard drills, even mustering drills – at times it can feel a little mundane. Last month, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jessica Jusino and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Devon Bishop were on their way back to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) when their training, and some could say their character, was unexpectedly put to the test.
Here’s what they have to say about how shipboard firefighting school helped them save an elderly woman from her burning home in Newport News, Va., July 2.
Saving the Woman
- Jusino: When I saw the house, I was concerned. I wanted to know if anyone was trapped and if I could be of any assistance.
- Bishop: All I was thinking was, what’s going on in there. When we pulled up to the house and they said someone was in there, we immediately jumped out to try and help whoever was in there. I didn’t even think about it.
- Jusino: At the moment I didn’t have any concern for my own safety; my mind was set on getting the woman out of the house.
- Bishop: I kicked down the door, and then we both proceeded to push it open because a small fridge was blocking it. The woman was in shock, not knowing exactly what was going on. I escorted her through the house to the back entrance where Jusino was, to get her out safely. With so much Navy training, all my reactions were out of instinct.
- Jusino: Our training has always been planned and organized with instructors telling us to react safely and accordingly, at that very moment, with all my adrenaline all I could think of was – react quickly.
- Bishop: Shipboard firefighting school was very effective and gave me more insight on proper firefighting techniques.
- Jusino: This intense training showed us the fundamentals of how to approach spaces that are on fire. While at the training, I definitely didn’t think it would be put to use so soon. I was absorbing the training in preparation for deployment, not realizing that the training could be used even here at home.
- Bishop: The most important thing I took from the training was the proper firefighting techniques and key signs for fire classes. I would absolutely recommend this training for others.
- Jusino: This training provided me the necessary situational awareness I needed.
Receiving Award from Mayor
- Bishop: Looking back at it now, I think my actions were influenced by my daily actions in the Navy, and our Navy Core Values.
- Jusino: Honor, Courage and Commitment… these words are distinctive to me, and I think they describe our actions that day. Honor, saving duties around the world. Courage, strength and effort in teamwork, and commitment, moral value to perform a duty at all cost.
- Bishop: I don’t think we’re local heroes; we were just doing the right thing and were in the right place at the right time. But, I am happy (and surprised) of what came that day. I tell other Sailors, continue to accept all the training the Navy provides you, because you never know where the techniques might be implemented.
- Jusino: Everyone has been very proud and happy for everything that we have done. It has all been a complete shock; we never expected any of this to happen. Shipmates, don’t think twice, do what you would want someone to do for you.