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Sandy-area pair lauded for heroism, bravery by Sandy Fire Department officials

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Joe Barnes (center) received an award for saving his fathers life in a house fire on March 15.Two local heroes were recognized last Thursday: Joe Barnes and Deon Collier. The Sandy Fire Department presented Barnes and Collier with Above and Beyond Citizens awards on Nov. 14 for lifesaving actions earlier this year.

On March 15, Barnes saved the life of his father and his girlfriend's dog when a fire broke out in his family's Lusted Road home. His grandmother, unfortunately, perished in the fire as she was unreachable. Within the 13 minutes before fire personnel arrived, Barnes was able to retrieve his father from the house and move multiple vehicles and valuables away from the flames.

Barnes' father suffered burns on 27% of his body, but lived to attend the ceremony on Thursday with his son.

"Any person anywhere would've done what I did," Barnes upon receiving his award.

"In a major emergency, only about 2-5% of people will act," Sandy Fire Chief Phil Schneider said. "What amazed us was within 13 minutes he did so many things, plus he saved his father. Not everybody can do what he did."

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Deon Collier (left) was presented with the citys Above and Beyond Citizens award for saving a mans life in May.Collier was awarded for her quick actions after a man in line with her at the Fred Meyer in Sandy began choking on May 2. She performed an abdominal thrust maneuver on the man, saving his life.

Collier was a babysitter and then owned a daycare for 25 years, which required her to be knowledgable of first aid and rescue practices. "I never thought I would've been the one to jump up to help," she said. "I think everyone needs to learn that maneuver. It feels wonderful to receive this award. I had no idea it was happening."

Both lifesaving citizens took home a plaque commending them for their actions.

"(These awards) are a thank you to the community," Schneider added. "It's good to hear there are a few local people who will go above and beyond to help others."

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