Doug Iverson (right) and Jasen Smith were recently honored by the Spokane Valley Fire Department with Lifesaving Awards for their heroic efforts to save a resident and prevent further spread of an apartment fire on March 14, 2018. The fire occurred at the Ponderosa Apartments in the 9300 block of E. Montgomery.
This dynamic maintenance duo was alerted to the fire by another resident and quickly responded. When they realized the elderly resident was trapped inside the burning apartment, they took turns working to pull him to safety. They used fire extinguishers and then closed the door to limit oxygen to the fire, an action that very likely saved more lives and property. SVFD firefighters arriving on the scene quickly extinguished the fire, preventing its spread to multiple adjoining apartments.
The Board of Fire Commissioners and Spokane Valley Fire Department personnel are grateful to Doug and Jasen for their heroic action and extra ordinary courage. Thank you and Congratulations!