Black Hills National Forest Firefighters Honored for Saving a Life

Release Date: Mar 23, 3009  

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CUSTER, SD: MARCH 23, 2009

When Black Hills National Forest firefighter Jeremy Dalman and his crew saw an auto speed out of the parking area and go careening down the side of the mountain, their initial action was to report the incident.

The incident occurred June 25, 2008 on top of Pikes Peak, one of Colorado’s many mountains with an elevation greater than 14,000 feet.

Realizing that help was more than an hour away, the fire crew sprang into action and scrambled 700 feet down to where the car came to rest. They found the driver alive, assessed his injuries, and stabilized him. When further aid arrived, Dalman and his crew supported the extraction of the victim back to the top of the mountain.

Jeremy Dalman and Lindsay Hadlock, Brian Pippin, Robert Schilling, Cory Fischer, and Anthony Peterson are normally stationed in Hill City, SD, where they provide initial attack on wildland fires in the Black Hills National Forest. They also respond to calls from other wildland firefighting entities across the West to fight large fires or augment local forces during extreme fire conditions.

Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien said the crew was presented with the Citizen Heroism Award and accompanying medals from the Colorado Springs Fire Department. CSFD wanted to officially recognize the firefighters for their clear thinking and fast action that saved a young mans life, Bobzien said.

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