Firefighter LaFerriere is a nominee for America’s ‘Most Wanted All-Star’ Award

Minneapolis Firefighter Jacob LaFerriere is a nominee for the America’s Most Wanted All-Star 2011 Award. Still recovering from the injuries he sustained during a back draft (smoke explosion) in a house fire on July 3, 2010, LaFerriere is among hundreds of first responder nominees competing for this award, which is offered by the television show, America’s Most Wanted.

The award, which honors first responders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the public, allows the general public to vote for the first responder they deem most worthy of the award.

Although LaFerriere is not yet able to return to work, he continues to recover and Minneapolis firefighters are rallying around LaFerriere’s nomination as a way to support his healing.

LaFerriere began his fire service in 2001 with the Minneapolis Fire Department. Last July, as he searched for victims and the source of the fire, there was a sudden explosion that threw LaFerriere across the room. Because the room was burning so hotly, LaFerriere was forced to jump from a third floor window onto the first floor porch. He suffered a broken ankle, torn ligaments in his knee and third and fourth degree burns on his hands. After months of painful treatments and physical therapy, LaFerriere hopes to return to duty soon.

The deadline for casting a vote for Firefighter LaFerriere is Saturday, April 2, 2011. Individuals can cast one vote a day per e-mail account between now and the April 2 deadline. The direct link to cast votes is:

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The All-Star winner receives $10,000 and an All-Star weekend at the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series All-Star Race.

Published Mar. 23, 2011