Minneapolis fireman injured in explosion is finalist in TV contest

I recently found out that there’s more than one Minnesota first responder nominated for the America’s Most Wanted All Star contest.

LaFerriere_Jacob_sm.jpgAccording to the Minneapolis Fire Department, on July 3, 2010, firefighter Jacob LaFerriere was searching for victims in a burning house, when an explosion threw him across the room. He jumped from a third story window and broke his ankle, tore ligaments in one of his knees and suffered third and fourth degree burns on his hands. He’s a finalist for the award.

1SIZED_John-Jorgensensm.jpg Roseville police officer John Jorgenson was a semifinalist. Jorgenson is a K9 handler who responded to a triggered alarm call last year with his dog Major. According to police accounts, Major bit and held on to a suspect. The man stabbed the dog several times with a knife. The thief who stabbed Major was caught and sentenced. Major survived, but lost the use of his back legs.

There’s more information about the nominees and instructions on how to cast a vote for them on the America’s Most Wanted website.

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