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It T, ra - April 4, 2012 Your COMMUNITV Page 13 Fin fighter of theyear has business in his bloodlines By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Firefighting is in Jared Huener- gardt's blood. He grew up around firefighters, and going to work in the business was as natural as breathing. Huenergardt, a firefighter-para- medic with the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance Distirict, was rec- ognized this month by the members of his fire department as Firefighter of the Year. Huenergardt, 28, has been a full-time employee for four years. He was an intern for 3 years while studying to be a paramedic. He attended Linn-Benton Commu- nity College and earned his EMT 6ertification. He finished his para- medic certification at Lane Com- munity College. After earning his certification, he left for a short time. working for private ambulance, ser- vices in Beaverton and Woodburn while waiting for a position to open in Sweet Home so he could return home. "'I always wanted to come back. but 1 had to work." Huenergardt said. He lived in Salem for a year while working in Woodburn. "Eventually, I hated not living here, so we just bought a house and I commuted to Woodburn," Huen- ergardt said. "I 10ve being able to drive down the block and gel gro- ceries and see your family." Huenergardt is married to Becky, and they have one son. Jax- on. 3 months. "I don't want to raise him in the big city or away from family," Huenergardt said. "His friends are here. and he is active in his church. Holley Christian. "I have enough in- vested here with friends and family. This is home." Huenergardt's father, Dennis. has been a volunteer with the depart- ment for 25 years. He is retired from the U.S. Forest Service but remains active with the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District. He fought wildland fires for 25 to 30 years. Huenergardt grew up with his father fighting fires, telling stories and smelling of old Nomex pants. Huenergardt said. He respected his father and before regulations pro- hibited it. rode with him on a tender. An old photo shows Huenergardt helping mop up a fire as a child. It was clear early on what Huen- ergardt's career choice would be. Nowadays, firefighters must be paramed- ics also, he said, so he went to work on the certifica- tion. Huen- ergardt enjoys the variety that comes with the job, and he's Jared Huenergardt grown to enjoy the medical part of the job as well. "Every shift is different," he said. "It's exciting, and there are al- ways new challenges." He enjoys helping out and training new people at the depart- ment. he said. and he's thankful to those who came before, helped and trained him. The award was "'pretty shock- ing," Huenergardt said. "I'm very grateful for it because everyone on that list is well-deserving of it." "Jared is a verity consistent em- ployee, very level-headed, involved in different stuff around here." said Fire Chief Mike Beaver. He is in- volved in day-to-day and communi- ty events the department is involved in. "He's a hard-working, very friendly, conscientious person, kind of a perfectionist." Beaver said. "People recognized his commit- ment.'" Two men were presented with medals during the awards ceremony, held on March 10. Greg Mahler. who also won additional awards, received the dis- trict's Medal of Gallantry. Last year. his mother had a car- diac arrest. Beaver said. "He was first on the scene and did CPR on her till the paramedics got there. He saved her life." Nicholas Tyree received the Citizen's Medal for a similar situa- tion. Passing by, he saw someone on the ground. Beaver said. It was a 30-year-old in cardiac arrest. Tyree performed CPR on the in- dividual until medics arrived, and q?yree saved the life of a complete stranger. "They both were on scene be- fore the responding crews, doing CPR," said Battalion Chief Shannon Pettner. They saved lives. Laundromat! Linn County Public Health Not all clinics provide all the listed services. Call for details about what services are availabe in you local area. Our staff will refer you to the clinic closest to you that will have the services that you need. Confidential services-low fees No one refused service for inability to pay. Albany 315 4th SW 541-967-3888 Lebanon 1600 S. Main 541-451-5932 Sweet Home 799 Long St. 541-367-3888 Visit our website: www.co.linn.or.us/health Photo by Scott Swanson Main St. wreck Police officers investigate a two- vehicle crash at the intersection of Main and lOth. A passenger sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by Sweet Home paramedics. No citations were is- sued. Drivers were Gilbert Guz- man. 43, of Sweet Home, driving a 1994 Toyota pickup and Betty Smith, 46, of Lebanon, driving a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. Smith had been traveling west on Main Street, said Sweet Home Police Sgt. Jeff Lynn. Guzman pulled onto Main Street from A& W in front of Smith. A semi had been parked in front of A&W, and may have hindered vis- ibility, Lynn said. The crash was reported at 3:43 p.m. on March 28. The westbound lanes of Highway 20 were closed until 4:04 p.m. Pall Mall $3.99 tam $5.49 4/1312012 $4.29 Grizzley l-' ANYCARTON Longhorn Wintergreen FineCut $3.69 Copenhagen Wintergreen / XLCut $3.99  Marlboro L&M $3.99 Old Gold $4.29 Camel & Camel Blue LimitedTime Offer-S4.29 BEER SPECIAL 32. oz. Budweiser/Bud Light 18 pk. cans $15.49, Deposit Milwaukee Best Ice 30 pack $16.99 +Deposit Bush & Bush Light 18 pack cans $13.99 +Depesit Belling Rock 18 pk cans $11.99 + Depesit All New Washers & Dryers! Same Hours, Same Building t The Easter Bunny, wifh help from our Sweet Home Rotarians, will hide over 3,000 candy filled eggs for children through 10 years of age. There will also be approxi- mately 300 eggs containing prize certificates donated by local businesses. To facilitate all ages, the park will be divided for different age groups. The hunt will be divided into four age groups:1-3 Years 4-5 Years 6-7 Years * 8-10 Years Sweet Home Chopper 4639 Hwy. 20 541-367-8866 www.sweethomechoppers.com Linn Co Federal Credit Union 1428 Main Street 541-259-1235 www.linncofcu.org Happy Easter and Happy Hunting from these Sweet Home businesses: Economy Drugs 621 Main Street (inside Thriftway) 541-367-6777 Sweet Home Veterinary Clinic 1214 Long Street Fitness 541-367-3131 Steelhead Strength & ' 1295 Main Street 541-367-1904 www.steelheadsnf.net State Farm Insurance Beth Lambert, agent 727 Long Street 541-367-4353 www.bethlambertnet Wells Fargo 1266 15th Avenue 1-367-2132 .wellsfargo.com Santiam Chiropractic Clinic 920 Main Street 541-367-6163 Avamere Twin Oaks of Sweet Home 950 Nandina Street 541-307-2191 www.avamere.com 1327 Long Street ' 541-367-1040 Steven Hanscam CPA 1331 Main Street 541-367-2157 Sweet Home Sanitation 1001 Long Street 541-367-2535 www.sweethomesanitation.com Wolthuis Family Distristry t524 Long Street 541-367-2931 www.sweethomedental.com Saturday, April th A&W Restaurant 1045 Main Street 1010 Main Street 541-367-2237 541-367-4893 www.oregondetectors.com Like us on Facebook