POCATELLO, Idaho — An eastern Idaho firefighter being treated for burns is credited with saving another firefighter’s life.

Matt Henderson, of Downey, was severely burned when he rescued Kent Winward from their burning firetruck on Monday, Idaho State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2xz1Eh7). The firetruck became engulfed in flames at the scene of a wildfire near Arimo when it ran over a gas can.

Kent Winward would probably be dead if Henderson had not acted quickly and pulled him off the truck, his wife Melissa said Thursday.

Henderson escaped the fire with severe burns on 30 to 40 percent of his body and minor fractures while Winward suffered less severe burns and a broken ankle, family members said. They are being treated at the University of Utah Intermountain Burn Center in Salt Lake City.

Firefighter Brandon Call had been sitting in the cab of the firetruck when the fire broke out and was able to jump off in time. He suffered only a sprained ankle.

Winward has started physical therapy at the burn center, but is dealing with emotional anguish over the incident that could have killed him, his wife said.

It may take months for Henderson to complete the necessary skin grafts and at least a year for him to recover, Henderson’s brother-in-law Jeff Gosar said.

“Matt has been in and out of consciousness for the last few days,” Gosar said. “He has been agitated because of the pain and because he has a bunch of tubes and cables attached to him that are preventing him from moving around much.”


Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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