Yokota firefighter to receive honor
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Kazuaki Nishide, a Japanese firefighter who works at the Yokota Fire Station, will be honored Tuesday for rescuing a local man from a burning car recently.
Fussa Fire Department Chief Masao Kumata will present a letter of appreciation during a morning ceremony at the Main Yokota Fire Department Building No. 605. Lt. Col. Lance Hafeli, the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, and Yokota Fire Station Chief Mark Lawler are scheduled to attend.
On the morning of July 10, Nishide discovered a local resident sleeping in a vehicle near a municipally owned apartment in Mizuho Town. The man apparently was drunk and kept stepping on the accelerator while dozing, which overheated the car’s muffler and triggered a fire, according to 374th Airlift Wing officials.
Nishide extinguished the blaze and pulled the man to safety.