BAKER, Nevada – Joshua Vann, a U.S. Park Service ranger at Great Basin National Park is being acknowledged for his bravery in saving the life of a visitor who was trapped in a burning vehicle. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland awarded the Citation of Valor to Vann.
The report stated that the park visitor crashed in the parking area of Lehman Caves Center when the vehicle suddenly caught fire as Vann arrived on the scene, entered the vehicle, and pulled the visitor to safety before the car exploded. Without Vann’s heroic effort the situation could have been worse especially with high winds since the crash scene is in nearby vegetation.
After saving the visitor, Vann served as the fire incident commander to help gain control of the situation. The report says that if the fire had gotten out of control, house structures outside the park boundary and some areas of the park could have been burned.