A Blackfoot firefighter received the Idaho Medal of Honor on Friday for his efforts during a 2016 rescue attempt.
Blackfoot Fire Department Capt. Dave Krumenacker was honored during the Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at Riverside Park in Boise. The award is the state’s highest honor for firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS providers.
“It’s an honor to announce Captain Krumenacker as the latest recipient of this prestigious award,” Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of the Medal of Honor Commission, said in a news release. “The Commission salutes his exemplary service to the Blackfoot community.”
Krumenacker was part of a Blackfoot Fire Department crew that responded June 14, 2016, to a report of a car driven into a home. The crash sparked a fire, which engulfed the house. Upon arriving at the scene, Krumenacker learned that an elderly man was trapped inside. Krumenacker then led a rescue team into the fire, locating the victim and removing him from the house.
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Firefighters administered CPR on the victim, but he died on the scene.
“What Captain Krumenacker did that evening was extremely brave,” Wasden said in the release. “He made the decision to put his personal safety aside and risk his own life to try and save that of another. That courage in the face of danger represents something all Idaho firefighters can be proud of.”
The Idaho Medal of Honor was created by the Legislature in 2004. The statute directs that the medal be awarded by the governor to professionals whose actions have been distinguished by the exceptional meritorious conduct at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.
For information about the Idaho Medal of Honor and past recipients, visit medalofhonor.idaho.gov.