Minneapolis firefighter is finalist for America’s Most Wanted All-Star 2011 award

Minneapolis Firefighter Jacob LaFerriere is one of eight finalists 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 was 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 folks to vote for the first responder they deem most worthy of the award and LaFerriere earned enough votes to become a finalist.

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 public will choose the grand-prize winner through online votes at America's Most Wanted All-Star. Voting will run from April 21st through May 8th and members of the public may vote for their favorite first responder once a day, every day.

In May, America’s Most Wanted Host John Walsh will present the 2011 America’s Most Wanted All-Star winner with a check for $10,000 at a ceremony in Washington D.C., and the winner will receive a trip to the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series™ All-Star Challenge at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For more information visit America's Most Wanted All-Star.

Published Apr 20, 2011

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