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Local CAL FIRE engineer awarded for saving lives during Las Vegas massacre

Posted at 8:09 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 23:09:53-04

A local CAL FIRE engineer received one of the state’s highest honors Thursday.

CAL FIRE SLO Apparatus Engineer Chris Wetzel received the Governor’s State Employee Medal of Valor for saving lives during the 2017 Las Vegas shooting massacre.

Wetzel was one of 13 state employees to receive the award, which is the highest honor California bestows on its public servants.

58 people were killed in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas back in October of 2017. It remains the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

CAL FIRE says Wetzel risked his life during the shooting, tending to the wounds of two victims.

Wetzel reportedly covered a man who was injured and helped another man with a leg injury.

In a tweet, CAL FIRE said it is honored to call Wetzel one of its own and congratulated Wetzel on the well-deserved Gold Medal of Valor.