one Deputy was on the scene when Captain Allcott arrived. The officer had just
spotted one of the injured passengers lying in the adjacent field, with his
clothing beginning to catch on fire. Allen made a split second decision that
was based strictly on the professionalism of being a firefighter. Without
protective clothing or regard for his own safety, he stomped out a 100-ft.
path through the burning grass to get to the victim. Allen quickly smothered
the fire on the unconscious man’s clothing with an old pair of work gloves
he had instinctively taken from his truck.
fire continued to grow and was now burning all around the two men. The path
Allen had created to reach the victim had re-ignited and was burning again.
Allen knew he had to make another rapid decision.
fire crew arrived on scene just in time to watch Captain Allcott clearing a
path, fighting his way through the brush fire while dragging the unconscious
man to safety.
total there were three victims between the ages of 18 and 20.
With the help of his department, the fires were quickly contained and
the patients were all airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Allen was asked why he risked his own life and he explained, “I
just couldn’t sit there
and watch the young man burn”, a candid remark that so clearly illustrated
his dedication and compassion as an Arizona firefighter.
that’s a story of PRIDE! We are pleased to present Captain Allen Allcott
with the Symbol of
Excellence Award as the 2005 United Fire Firefighter of the Year!
Allen would like to give
special thanks to his wife and his mother for their faithful support.