December 19, 2014
Five federal firefighters from Nevada and four from Montana have been recognized as heroes for their courageous rescue of a pilot whose air tanker crashed in the path of a quickly advancing wildfire south of Winnemucca last summer.
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne recently presented them with the department's prestigious valor award in recognition of the bravery
and decisive action taken by the members of the Bureau of Land Management fire crew members based in Winnemucca and Lewiston,
The July 17 rescue occurred after a large lightning storm ignited the 8,000-acre Barrel Springs Fire.