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City of Las Vegas employees honored for helping fire victims

Posted at 3:45 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 01:02:55-04

Nearly two months after a fire destroyed the Parsons Place apartment complex in downtown, a group of city employees is being honored for helping over 50 people displaced by that fire.

"It's rare that we have a multi-unit apartment complex that gets completely destroyed," says Carolyn Levering, with the emergency management team. 

Normally, that team is there to help during a major disaster, like an earthquake or a flood, but the Parsons Place fire back in February was considered a major disaster. 

"In this case, these folks just really needed some help," says Levering.  

You might remember Carl Truesdell, the disabled man rescued from that burning apartment. He told 13 Action News back in February that he was "trapped" in his home during that fire. He was one of over 50 people -- many of them also disabled -- who lost everything.  

That's where the emergency management team stepped in, helping to get many of them a new place to live, and even helped to get some of them new wheelchairs.

"We have teams of people who actually care about the community and want it to be a better place," says Levering.