The lifesaving efforts of a Kennewick team of firefighters are being recognized during a Kiwanis Club event.
Kennewick fire Capt. Tim Harkins is one of four first responders being recognized by the Kiwanis Club on Tuesday at the Clover Island Inn.
The honorees are picked by Kennewick police and firefighters, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol.
Harkins, the fire department’s choice, led the crew on Engine 1811 in early November when they went into a burning manufactured home after 2-year-old Dominic Stith.
The toddler was trapped in his room when the fire started, and firefighter Tony Jorgensen found him and pulled him out.
Along with Mason Osborn, Shane Webb and Harkins they resuscitated the boy and he was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he recovered.
The other winners are:
- Washington state Trooper Carlos Mata. The trooper’s participation in mentoring programs, work on Safe Kids Saturday and his participation in more than 15 investigations led to recovering 22,000 drug plants and more than 30 firearms.
- Benton County sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ohler. The deputy was quickly embraced by his patrol area in southern Benton County. He was recognized for his quick communication and his follow-through on investigations.
- Kennewick police Sgt. Todd Dronen. The sergeant was key in developing the department’s recruiting efforts, and is part of the Tri-City Metro Drug Task Force.