Big Bear City Firefighter Fluke Honored for Off-Duty Lifesaving Effort

In presenting PCF Justin Fluke with the Lifesaver Ribbon, BBC Fire Chief Jeff Willis said, "I congratulate you. You served us well."

In presenting PCF Justin Fluke with the Lifesaver Ribbon, Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis said, "I congratulate you. You served us well."

Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis honored one of the department’s paid-call firefighters with the CPR Lifesaver Ribbon before the CSD Board of Directors this week. Paid-call firefighter Justin Fluke saved the life of a six-year-old girl while he was working as a waiter at the Peppercorn Grille. Chief Willis told those in attendance at the February 2 CSD meeting, “Justin did an excellent job, while taking care of her mom at the same time.” Fluke did the Heimlich maneuver on the six-year-old, and dislodged the candy from her throat before paramedics from the fire department arrived on scene.
Chief Willis had also planned to recognize Firefighter Bob Barnett and just-promoted Captain Tony Huefner with Meritorious Service Ribbons, though this presentation will be held for a future CSD meeting, as Huefner was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday. As for Captain Huefner’s condition, Chief Willis said, “He is going to be alright, but he is going to be bruised and sore for awhile.”

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