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Local Army medic honored for helping man on fire


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The winners of the 2016 East Idaho Real Heroes awards were announced at the American Red Cross’s annual luncheon Thursday, Feb. 25. Each day, through March 7, will feature a different winner.

POCATELLO — On May 10, 2015, Idaho Army National Guard Spc. Donald A. Young distinguished himself while rendering aid to a civilian.

On that day, Spc. Young happened upon a burning vehicle and noticed that the driver was still inside.


With complete disregard for his own safety and braving intense flames, Spc. Young managed to extinguish the flames that were closest to the victim, who had already sustained serious burns. He then moved the victim as far away as possible from the burning vehicle.

Young stayed with the man and administered first aid, provided comfort and advised emergency responders, at great risk to his own personal safety.