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Everyday heroes protect FD

August 18, 2012
Messenger News

Law enforcement officers and firefighters are, by the nature of their jobs, heroes every day.

On Thursday afternoon, one Fort Dodge police officer, Leighton Walker, may have saved a life.

In a scene worthy of a Hollywood movie, Walker, after repeatedly knocking at a first-floor apartment, kicked in the door and awakened the apartment's sleeping tenant. After the door was opened, the tenant came outside. While Walker was waking the tenant, flames on the second story engulfed the kitchen, bathroom and hallway of the upstairs apartment.

Walker, who joined the Fort Dodge Police Department in July 2009, is no stranger to life-and-death scenarios. He is an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Walker wasn't alone in his heroics. Fort Dodge firefighters - including Matt Brown and Nick Carlson - were on the scene for about two hours. Brown and Carlson pulled a hoseline upstairs and likely prevented the fire from spreading to the attic. Some of the firefighters, five of whom were off-duty and were called in to fight the fire on K Street, then left to respond to a reported gas stove explosion on South 27th Street.

Thursday's incidents serve as a reminder of the vital role our law enforcement officers and firefighters perform in our community. The Messenger appreciates and congratulates their efforts.



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