Lake Dillon Fire awards Medal of Valor for firefighters’ rescue efforts
Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue awarded firefighters with a Medal of Valor on Saturday, for their efforts to rescue former Silverthorne Mayor Warren Alloway, who was trapped in a burning home in January.
“In this case, it was the team that staged the intervention into the burning home and conducted a search in zero visibility with rapidly deteriorating fire conditions,” said LDF Public Information Officer Steve Lipsher. “In teams of two they were actually crawling on their hands and knees searching for this gentleman. They exhibited such bravery and focus on the job and put their own safety at some substantial peril.”
Lt. Casey Humann, firefighter and medic Adam Anderson, and firefighters Dan Ross and Rob Evans were awarded the medals on Saturday, at Lake Dillon Fire’s annual award ceremony in Dillon.
Humann was also named “Firefighter of the Year,” and received a Unit Citation for his work with the Engine 8 A-Shift crew, consisting of Humann, Anderson, acting engineer Frank Towers and firefighter Aaron Ferdig for their teamwork in attempting to rescue Alloway.
“This team of firefighters clearly rose to the occasion in putting themselves at risk to help others, and they worthy of our praise and admiration,” Chief Dave Parmley said in a statement. “What pleases me most, though, is that I am confident that any of firefighters would have demonstrated the same bravery and skill, had they been in a similar situation.”
Veteran Lt. Kevin Skaer was given the department’s Leadership Award for leading renovations to the firefighters’ day room at station 2 in Frisco. Dan Schroeder and Beth Huron with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service were given Citizenship Awards for their work in mitigating and preparing for wildfires with the Summit County Wildfire Council.
“In large part due to Dan and Beth’s work, our entire county is unified in its focus on wildfire,” Deputy Chief Jeff Berino said in a statement. “Their initiative and leadership has helped raise awareness of the very real threat we face in Summit County.”
Saturday marked the ceremony’s third year, where honorees attended Dillon Community Church dressed in full uniform.
“In the past, when we’ve done it, it’s typically something small at a board meeting after someone had a life-saving incident,” Lipsher said. “It was a really nice ceremony. We’re very proud to honor them and I think it should be a source of pride in our community that we have such selfless and exemplary crew members here.”
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