Residents recognized for saving woman’s life
By Jenn Watt
Published July 5, 2016
Barry Miscio and Joe Voicey were recognized last month for their heroic efforts in saving the life of Darlene McConnell.
In December, 2014, the two men were on their way to work, driving down the Barry Line when they saw smoke rising above the treetops of Dunloe Farm bed and breakfast.
“[Barry] wanted to make sure no one was in there because all of their vehicles were in the yard so he ran around to the front and went in the front door and all the black smoke just came billowing out,” Barry’s wife, Paula, told the Echo at the time.
The men had called 911 upon arrival, but when they heard McConnell yelling from inside the house they decided to act before firefighters arrived.
“You could hear the flames crackling, so I’m screaming and screaming and this voice [was at] the door saying, ‘lady, lady, lady, your house is on fire, you have got to get out here now,’” McConnell told the Echo days after the event.
Miscio and Voicey both made their way into the house, Miscio in front with Voicey holding onto him so he wouldn’t get lost. Miscio crawled on the floor, feeling his way through until he found McConnell, who had become disoriented in the smoke.
“Dysart et al fire chief Miles Maughan indicated that given the seriousness of the fire and the time restraints for [the fire department’s] arrival, both Barry and Joe should be hailed as heroes as they did save Mrs. McConnell’s life,” a press release from the Ontario Provincial Police reads.
On June 17, the two men were recognized by police in a formal ceremony at the annual Central Region OPP Awards.