Mountain View Fire Rescue Awards Medal of Bravery
Deputy Chief Sterling Folden saved four lives the day of the Marshall fire, Mountain View Fire Rescue said.
BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — Mountain View Fire Rescue made history Thursday by awarding its first medal of bravery. The medal went to Deputy Chief Sterling Folden.
The department said Folden went above and beyond the call of duty during the early hours of the Marshall fire.
According to Mountain View Fire Rescue, Folden saved four lives that day. He went to Original Town Superior and found a family that hadn’t left and convinced them to evacuate. The department said he attempted to follow them but was cut off by fire.
Folden was able to find an opening and escape to find an elderly couple unable to get out. He put them in his car and drove them to safety.
Folden said he doesn’t consider himself a hero. Instead, he turns to all the neighbors who helped each other that day.
“A big success that day was neighbors helping neighbors, and so spreading the word about the coming fire, evacuations, helping each other out, helping each other put out houses like they could, their cars,” Folden said. “You hear all the heroic stories on this day, and I hope people don’t forget it.”
Folden said he was born and raised in Boulder, so this fire was very personal to him. He said not a day goes by that he doesn’t think about the fire and the lives it touched.
“Everyday. I think about it every day. If I had done something different, would it have been different?” Folden said. “I always want to take away the lessons and remember that day. Always think about how to improve.”
Mountain View also recognized dozens of other firefighters who responded to the Marshall Fire and battled it for hours. They said their quick initial response and dedication helped save property and lives.
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