May 6, 2016–Last November, Capt. Robert Canterbury of the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department (MFRD) heroically rescued two victims of a motor vehicle accident from their burning vehicle with the use of his tractor and a logging chain. This past session, Tennessee General Assembly chose to honor and commend Capt. Canterbury for his heroism with a House Joint Resolution. On Monday, May 2, Rep. Bryan Terry presented the resolution to Capt. Canterbury at the MFRD administrative office with Chief Mark Foulks.
On November 14, 2015, while off duty, Capt. Canterbury heard a motor vehicle collision. He had been working on his tractor in a soybean field. The crash occurred on HWY 269 by his driveway. With his skills, training, and quick thinking, he used his tractor and logging chain to dislodge the door that was trapping the victims. He was then able to extract the victims and help stabilize them until Emergency Medical Services arrived.
The resolution states that the Volunteer State is proud to be the home of thousands of valiant men and women who serve as firefighters. These courageous professionals continue the time honored tradition of public service by coming to the aid of their fellow citizens in times of fire, emergency, accident, and illness, and Robert Canterbury, a captain and veteran firefighter with the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department, is one such dedicated public servant. It goes on to say that professional instincts, noble character, and swift action of Capt. Canterbury helped save the lives of two people, and he should be commended for his great heart, quick thinking, and able body.
“Our state and our community is very fortunate to have brave and selfless men and women like Captain Canterbury as firefighters and public servants. They put their lives on the line for us every day, and deserve our respect and gratitude. Captain Canterbury’s actions exemplifies the extraordinary character and training of our firefighters. It was truly an honor to be able to present him with our resolution,” stated Rep. Bryan Terry
Immediately following the presentation, while speaking with Rep. Terry and Chief Foulks, Capt. Canterbury’s Fire and Rescue squad was called into action when the alarm was sounded. Capt. Canterbury took off to attend to more of our citizens in need.