He fought off flames at a Star Valley trailer park fire several weeks ago by himself until more help arrived. His actions likely helped prevent the spread of flames to several nearby homes, said Hellsgate Fire Chief Gary Hatch.
He’s been with the department longer than nearly everyone, helping with its creation and even naming.
For his 20 years of service, the Hellsgate Fire Department last week honored captain and paramedic John Wisner.
Wisner started his career as a volunteer with Diamond Star Fire District. The district eventually merged with Tonto Village Fire District to form Hellsgate.
Wisner came up with the name Hellsgate for the new fire district, Hatch said.
He was the second full-time employee the district hired and is only the third person to complete 20 years with the organization.