Three Mineral Wells firefighters received the Life Saving Award after their heroic efforts during a hotel fire on July 23.
Firefighter Dan Riedlinger, Captain Sam Streun and firefighter Griffin Walker were dispatched to the commercial hotel fire and were told there was still one occupant trapped inside the building.
“There was one victim still inside and unable to get out because he’s disabled,” Mineral Wells Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Dunn said during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. “Captain Streun called it in and firefighter Riedlinger went to the door. Firefighter Riedlinger made entry and found the victim, who was still conscious and able to call out to them. At this time, firefighter Walker was setting up the engine and met Riedlinger inside where they pulled the victim to safety. The patient was treated and to my knowledge is still doing OK. With a secondary search, we also found two small dogs that were inside.”
The Life Saving Award is presented to firefighters whose performance was conducted with prompt and alert action, which specifically results in the successful saving of a human life. The actions taken may include the use of basic, technical or mechanical equipment in the successful life saving effort.
“Firefighters can go their whole career without pulling somebody out from a hazardous environment and it’s not every day we get the opportunity to make a grab and save somebody’s life,” Dunn said.