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Firefighters awarded Medal of Honor

(Medal of Honor presented to three)….The presentations were made this month at the Yuma Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Yuma Meeting.

Medals went to Fire Captain John Whitson, Firefighter/Paramedic Manny Lara and Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Urzua. Last summer the three were instrumental in the rescue of a suicidal man. The three climbed a 160-foot cell phone tower. They did it in 110-degree temperatures. The man was combative and uncooperative. They were able to bring the man down from the tower. He was taken by ambulance to Yuma Regional Medical Center for treatment and observation. The 3 honorees are members of the Yuma Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team.