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Firefighter recognized by VFW

By Linda Petersen
Caption: VFW Post 4918 Senior Vice Commander Kraig Thorne, at left, looks on as Mayor James Hadfield congratulates Firefighter/Paramedic Chase
Parry who was recently named First Responder of the Year. Parry is flanked by Fire Chief Aaron Brems.

Firefighter/Paramedic Chase Parry was recently named First Responder of the Year by VFW Post 4918.
Parry was nominated for his quick action last fall when he saved a woman from choking at the Utah Valley Hospital cafeteria. Parry was in the cafeteria with fellow firefighters when he noticed the woman was choking. He quickly went to her and performed the Heimlich maneuver.
"He saved her life. In a room full of medical professionals, he just went and took care of her," Parry's captain Ben Anderson said. "That's Craig - he just goes and does the right thing and at the right time."
Parry has been with the American Fork Fire Department for six years, five of those full-time. He is an apparatus driver/operator for the aerial and pumper trucks and a critical care paramedic. He and his wife Tilly are the parents of two daughters.
"He is an amazing guy. He's responsible for saving several lives in the community," said Kraig Thorne, Post 4918 senior vice commander, who presented Parry with the award. "He represents the best of firefighters, not just in American Fork but in Utah County too."
The American Fork Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4918 is made up of veterans ranging from World War II to those who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Gulf War.
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