Like many other events, award ceremonies and honor award presentations were put off due to COVID-19.

But finally, a former Tri-Tech Skills Center Firefighting student is being honored for his role in saving the life of a woman and baby near Benton City last October.

As reported by our news partner KNDU-TV,  Last Oct. 23, around 3AM, on Sloan Court near Benton City, a fire was called in. Benton County Fire District 1 responded, and the former Tri-Tech Student, Jorge Guerrero, was instrumental in helping to rescue a woman and baby inside the home.

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Guerrero went through the Tri-Tech program, did numerous ride-alongs with A-Shift at Fire Station One in Kennewick; then became one of many volunteer firefighters with the County District 1.

Yesterday, the Kennewick Firefighters presented him with a special medal of valor for his role in helping save the woman and child.

Hero firefighter honored (Kennewick Fire Department)
Hero firefighter honored (Kennewick Fire Department)

The fire consumed the building, a total of 8 people were affected, but none sustained any injuries. It took a while, due to COVID, to get him this award, but it's richly deserved.

And, perhaps another reason why (again!) the role the Tri-Tech Skills Center plays for high school youth all over the Mid-Columbia is so important.


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