Scranton Castle resident honored for fire rescue
by Chuck Hoven

(Plain Press May 2007) Sometime between 3 and 6 p.m. on March 12th, Scranton Castle resident Clarence Ramsey, Jr. noticed smoke coming out of a second floor apartment of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority high rise at Scranton Road and Castle. Ramsey, Jr. immediately notified Building Manager Ana Caraballo, who called the fire department and alerted the building security guard. At the time of the fire, the fire alarm in the building was not working, so Ramsey, Jr. went door to door in the building to alert residents of the fire and to help them get out of their rooms.

On March 30th, residents of the building hosted a ceremony to honor and thank Ramsey, Jr. for his heroic acts. Manager Caraballo said, “I am forever thankful to Clarence for letting everyone know there was a fire in 204. If it weren’t for Clarence, who knows what kind of disaster it would have been.”

Nellie Rivera, President of the Scranton Castle Local Advisory Council (LAC), said, “Clarence is always there to give help. Thank the Lord that He gave us Clarence. If it wasn’t for him, who knows.”

Ward 14 Council Office Staff member Sister Alicia Alverado, who said she knows Clarence as a longtime active member of Sagrada Familia Parish, praised his good nature. Ward 14 Councilman Joe Santiago presented Ramsey Jr. with a proclamation from City Council acknowledging his heroic actions.

Many residents spoke in tribute of Ramsey, Jr. and the many good deeds he performs in the building on a regular basis. Larry Adams, a member of the LAC Board, said Clarence often is there to help him out when he comes home with too many groceries to carry.

Other residents said that, despite coming home tired from his restaurant job, Clarence always has a friendly greeting for everyone and an offer of assistance. Many residents said Clarence was the first person they met when they moved to the building. Ramsey, Jr. regularly checks up on other residents. Resident Lena Jackson said “Clarence is the first person to call me in the morning, and the last person at night.”


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