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South King Fire & Rescue firefighters honored for saving colleague’s life

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 27, 2012 at 10:35 am with No Comments »
July 27, 2012 10:35 am

Two South King Fire & Rescue firefighters were recognized this week for saving a colleague’s life after he was struck by an out-of-control vehicle that slid on an icy road in Federal Way.

Firefighter Wynn Loiland, 52, was hit by a car at the scene of a rollover crash on Interstate 5 in November.

Lt. John Riley and firefighter Rob Pysher “reacted swiftly and professionally despite the horror of watching their engine driver struck and pinned between two vehicles,” according to a department news release.

Wynn was hospitalized for several months with a severe head injury. He retired last month after a 32-year career.

The department also recognized town truck driver Jeremy Schenewerk, who arrived at the scene just as Wynn was struck by the car. Officials said Schenewek secured the area and checked on the car’s occupants.

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