2 Idaho Firefighters Receive State's Top Honor For Valor

Sep 12, 2016

Two Idaho firefighters have received the state's highest honor for their exceptional bravery and courage.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of Idaho's Medal of Honor Commission, announced the award recipients Friday.

Idaho Falls firefighter Sean Allen was honored for entering a submerged vehicle in an irrigation canal, cutting a victim free and pulling him to safety last year.

Meanwhile, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Lt. John Ward was honored for entering a burning home while off-duty in April, 2015 and rescuing a disabled woman without protective gear.

Idaho lawmakers created the state's Medal of Honor in 2004. The award is given to law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMTs who have shown distinguished conduct. Earlier this year, three Bonneville County Sheriff's deputies also received the medal.