Boise Fire Department
News Release

Dennis Doan
Boise Fire Chief

Contact: Char Jackson
(208) 570-6548

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Boise Firefighters Awarded with Medal of Valor for River Rescue

On September 18, Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan will present Captain Jerrod Wong, Senior Fire Fighter Mike Zolin and Fire Fighter Chad Tiffany with the Medal of Valor for their life-saving efforts rescuing a man from the Boise River near Star. The award will be presented at 11 a.m. at Station #1, 707 Reserve Street.

This award nomination was based on a call to the Boise River on April 23, 2017. At 2:08 a.m. Boise Fire and cooperating agencies were dispatched to a reported water rescue. The victim was a male in his 20’s that had made the choice to jump into the river and swim with his girlfriend. Almost immediately after jumping in he was swept down the river about 400 feet past his entry point. His girlfriend had not yet entered the water and was able to call 9-1-1. Once Dive 1 arrived Captain Jarrod Wong, Senior Fire Fighter Mike Zolin and Fire Fighter Chad Tiffany assessed the situation and made the call to launch the dive boat 200 feet up river from the victim. Captain Wong and his team made two attempts to rescue the man and were able to get a PFD on him and get him into the boat after a very short time in the water. 

To receive the Medal of Valor, the firefighter must be a member of the department who, in the performance of duty while on a call, under hazardous conditions, in which the member is confronted with imminent personal risk, but had no prior knowledge of that risk, performs an act of conspicuous heroism which furthers the highest traditions of the fire service.