Eugene-Springfield firefighters awarded for bravery in ambush

Five firefighters were honored for the bravery they showed while being shot at when they were called to a house fire in Springfield in October.

Posted: May 2, 2019 11:23 PM
Updated: May 3, 2019 10:42 AM

REDMOND, Ore. -- Five firefighters who were shot at when they responded to a house fire in Springfield last year were honored on Thursday.

Last October, firefighters from the Eugene-Springfield fire department were called out to a fire on Oakdale Avenue in Springfield.

Dave Nowak, John Hoagland, Bob Sink, Craig DeGarlais and Bryon Harvey are pictured above with Fire Chief Joe Zaludek.

On Thursday, those five men were honored with the Distinguished Service Conduct Award by the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Police said in October 2018, 65-year-old Lance Jacobs set his home on fire, and then when firefighters showed up to put it out, he fired at them.

That kept them from putting the fire out and it spread, destroying four homes.

None of the firefighters were seriously hurt.

Those men were honored for their bravery while being shot at and returning to fight those fires and save as many homes as they could once police were able to secure the area.

More than six months later, neighbors are still saying they're grateful to them for saving their homes.

Firefighters from the South Lane Fire District were also honored on Thursday for rescuing people from a structure fire off of South Second Avenue in Cottage Grove last year.

Two firefighters were awarded the Medal of Honor, two more awarded the Medal of Valor and the Chief running the rescue received an award for Excellence in Leadership.

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