Grand County Deputy saves elderly man from fire

A deputy with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office recently saved an elderly man and his dog from a residential fire. Photo by Carter Pape

According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, local Deputy Jamison Wiggins saved an elderly man and his dog from a residential fire on Sunday, Jan. 26. The man and his daughter were treated for smoke inhalation; the man was transported to Moab Regional Hospital and has since been released.

Wiggins was the first on the scene of the fire, where he discovered “active flames coming out of the home and saw a woman attempting to unlock the front door in an effort to rescue her elderly father, who has limited mobility,” according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office.

Media release: On January 26th, Deputy Jamison Wiggins of the Grand County Sheriff's Office was first on the scene of a…

Posted by Grand County Sheriff's Office on Friday, January 31, 2020

Wiggins quickly made it into the house and was “greeted with a wall of black smoke and hear cries for help from inside the home,” according to the post. Wiggins located the elderly man and transported him outside.

Once outside, the man told Wiggins that his dog was also trapped inside, so Wiggins returned inside to rescue the dog. The Moab City Fire Department and Moab City Police arrived on the scene; Grand County EMS also arrived to treat the woman and transport the man to the hospital.

The Moab Valley Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.