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King Fire Pilot Receives USFS Award

Helicopter Pilot Gary Dahlen has received an award from the US Forest Service, for his heroic actions on the King Fire. The pilot rescued a CAL FIRE Hand Crew and a CAL FIRE Dozer Operator from harm’s way. The hand crew and dozer operator were constructing fire line when they were overrun by the fire. The pilot flew down to a lower level to direct the hand crew and dozer operator down a road. Once Dahlen found an open area to land he and another helicopter pilot landed and flew the crew out to a safe area. The award was presented to Pilot Gary Dahlen on Tuesday.

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3 Comments

September 25, 2014

Bob

Wonderful
They are all heroes and Gary Dahlen is very special. Just as he would have done in any war.
Thanks

September 25, 2014

Warren McGee

A great story and photo of Mr. Dahlen receiving a well deserved award for his quick thinking and expert, professional flying ability.
When the Dog Bar fire started on the 13th of this month the helicopters and fire planes flew right over my house and could see them circling the fire. I have always wondered who these masked men were that did this dangerous job. They need to get more recognition. I thank you Mr. Dahlen for your service and KNCO for a great story.

Warren McGee

September 25, 2014

Warren McGee

I just have to add to my previous comment that the Dozer operator that Gary Dahlen saved could have been my neighbor, I don't know who it was yet, that's what he does for a living. Mr. Dahlen is a true hero in my book, not even thinking about putting his own life at risk but to save others no matter what.

Warren McGee

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