Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Airport firefighter honored

Express Staff Writer

A Friedman Memorial Airport firefighter has been honored for his rescue of a coworker's father from a burning Carey home.

Jared Larna, who also is a Hailey firefighter, was praised by Airport Manager Rick Baird in a letter of commendation presented to him at an Airport Authority meeting on Jan. 3. Baird is also mayor of Carey, where the fire occurred.

In the letter, Baird recounted how Larna scaled the side of the burning, two-story home belonging to John Conrad, 67, and his wife, Edith. Though Larna, who had been enroute to work when he saw the fire, suffered smoke inhalation during the rescue, he ignored the flames to reach Conrad on a second-floor balcony, from which he and other rescuers lowered him to the ground. Edith Conrad had already escaped from the house.

Their son, Frank, is one of Larna's fellow airport firefighters.

Baird, who was briefly overcome emotionally while reading the letter to Larna and the airport board, called the firefighter's rescue "courageous" and said it "affords all of our staff and our board the ability to take great pride in one of our fellow employees."

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