BAKER, Nevada (AP) – The Great Basin National Park’s law enforcement chief is recognized for his bravery and credited with saving the life of a visitor who was stranded in a burning vehicle.
Home Secretary Deb Haaland awarded the Citation of Bravery to Joshua Vann, a US Park Service ranger in Eastern Nevada National Park near the Utah Line.
The department said the park visitor crashed into a parking lot at the Lehman Caves Center last November. The vehicle caught fire when Vann arrived at the scene, entered the vehicle, and brought the visitor to safety just as it exploded.
The department’s statement said that without Vann’s heroic efforts, the crash victim would likely have died.
The fire spread to nearby vegetation and created a dangerous threat to historic orchards in high winds.
Vann also served as the fire commander, deploying park service personnel and the local volunteer fire department to take control of the situation.
The department says if the fire had gotten out of control, it could have burned down structures or houses in the park just outside the park boundaries.
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