In an interview with the Press-Republican shortly after the fire, Poissant said he felt he had to take action to save the horses.
“If they were going to die, they were going to die with us doing something” to save them, he said.
Before Chazy Volunteer Fire Department arrived, Poissant and Dubrey used fire extinguishers to fight the blaze as the horses were evacuated by Miner Institute staff.
Chazy Fire Chief Mike Cahoon told the Press-Republican that Dubrey and Poissant “did a phenomenal job” saving the horses and the barn, which was built in 1906.
Despite the prestigious honor, Uhler remained humble after receiving his award.
“I’m very proud to be honored by our commissioner but, by the same token, there are a lot of people involved in this honor that weren’t named.”
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