Jacob Jones honored with Global Award by IVFA

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Jacob Jones, a member of Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue, has been honored by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter Association.

At the association’s recent convention, Jacob Jones was the recipient of the ‘Global Award’.

He earned the award for his heroic efforts in saving a fellow firefighter during a fire here in January. He was presented the award at the IVFA Annual Convention, which was held in Indianapolis June 18th-20th.

Jacob Jones is the first firefighter from Switzerland County to ever receive this award; and was nominated by his fellow firefighters on the Jeff-Craig Department.

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The letter of recommendation stated:

The membership of Jeff-Craig Fire & Rescue would like to nominate Firefighter Jacob Jones for the 2014 Global Award. Firefighter Jones joined the fire service in 2011 while in high school. As a firefighter cadet, Jacob attended meetings and trainings until he turned 18. Shortly after turning 18 Jacob completed his Mandatory Firefighter, Haz-Mat Ops, and Emergency First Responder certifications. After becoming certified he became a very dedicated volunteer and got active in all aspects of the fire department. Being the self-driven and motivated volunteer that he is, in 2013 Jacob completed his Firefighter 1 & 2, EMT-B, NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800, and attended Ice Rescue training at Camp Atterbury.

Jacob is a well-trained and dedicated volunteer that has put community service before himself in his short time career as a firefighter. But this is not the reason he was nominated for this award. In the early hours of January 7, 2014, Jeff-Craig Fire was dispatched to a chimney fire. Mutual aid was called from several surrounding fire companies to assist due to the distance from a water source and the frigid temperature of near -15 degrees. Jeff-Craig Firefighters Rusty Bragg and Jacob Jones were assigned to the roof to perform ventilation. After donning full PPE/SCBA and assembling the needed tools, the two made their way onto the roof via a roof ladder. Just as they began to perform ventilation, Rusty Bragg clinched his chest and collapsed on the roof.

As Bragg started to slide off the roof, Jacob dove on Rusty grabbing him and preventing him from falling off the roof. Jacob held onto Rusty with one hand, and held them both on the roof with the other hand. Jacob was able to communicate the Mayday to units on the ground. The Incident Commander activated RIT operations and Rusty and Jacob were assisted onto the ground and taken to the hospital. Rusty was airlifted from the scene with stroke-like symptoms and Jacob was transported by ground with an injured shoulder. Firefighter Bragg had suffered a mini-stroke and was released from the hospital two days later. Jacob was treated and released with an injured shoulder requiring him to be off of work for two weeks.

Firefighter Jones is being nominated for his act of bravery on the roof that morning. His selfless act saved firefighter Bragg from falling off the roof in full PPE/SCBA and sustaining any traumatic injury. His actions that morning were commendable and worthy of recognition. His story is an inspiration to all. Thank you for considering him for this award.