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Though he was home with pneumonia, Will Cassin was named Firefighter of the Year for 2019 at the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department annual banquet.
Cassin, a UVFD member for seven years, was credited for putting his life on the line to protect and save the life of Rodney Reagan, attacked by bees in 2018.
“Sometimes during the course of the year we have more than one heroic thing happen, and this might have gotten overlooked but we decided not to. In April of 2018 at 4:21 p.m., four miles south of Uvalde on Highway 117, we got a call of a man being attacked by bees. We were dispatched, the EMS was dispatched,” said Richard Williams, of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department.
“The man was already on the ground, and he got his gear on. This is not one hundred percent protection. … You have to make the decision, so he made the decision to get his bunker gear on, get out and rescue this man, where about 30 bees followed him into the EMS unit,” Williams said. “He didn’t have an air-pack.”
Williams recounted how the victim was prone on the ground and so covered by bees other first responders failed to even see him when they first arrived on the scene.
The award was made Thursday night at the banquet, held at the Uvalde County Fairplex. Cassin was previously named UVFD firefighter of the year for 2014.
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