By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Information and Press Release)
Picture: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (Courtesy)
Needles, California: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Deputy David Wagner has received the Medal of Valor Award for rescuing 2 people inside afternoon house fire in August 2020.
According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on August 18, 2020, Deputy David Wagner was on patrol in Needles when he saw smoke coming from a neighborhood.
When he arrived, he found a home on fire. He was told by a neighbor that some of the residents were still inside the burning house.
Despite the live ammunition starting to explode inside, Deputy Wagner entered the smoke-filled house and found two of the residents.
Deputy Wagner was able to direct one of the residents out of the house. Deputy Wagner continued to search the interior of the burning home and found the second occupant, who was overwhelmed and disoriented.
Deputy Wagner rescued her as flames began to consume the ceiling of the house. Shortly after rescuing the two, the house was completely consumed by fire.
At around 4:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020, a residential structures on fire was reported along the 1200 block of Riverview Lane in Needles, California.
Because firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire Protection District’s Station 32, located just around the corner from the residential structures on fire, were already dispatched at 3:39 p.m. PT to an overturned semi truck crash with the driver still trapped inside the semi truck along eastbound Interstate 40 near mile post 129, firefighters from Mohave Valley Fire Department in Mohave Valley, Arizona were dispatched to respond to the scene along with other fire department agencies in mutual aid.
Firefighters work to put out the fire well defending surrounding residential structures in the residential area from the fire.
The fire was eventually put out, and the fire left 3 residential structures destroyed displacing several people.
ZachNews and the people of the Colorado River Tri-State communities say congratulations and great work to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Deputy David Wagner for receiving the Medal of Valor Award.
As always on ZachNews, thanks to all of the firefighters, paramedics, emergency responders, law enforcement officers and deputies, and emergency volunteers for responding to emergencies, helping to evacuate people, saving lives and protect properties.