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Fort Worth Firefighter Recognized for Heroic Service

A Fort Worth firefighter is being recognized for his heroic service.

Each year, Liberty Mutual Insurance presents their Firemark Award. Shane Harmon is among three other firefighters from around the country in the running for the award after saving Dicky Wayne Snider’s life.

It was a warm August morning in 2015 when a black truck slammed into Snider's red SUV in Creeson on U.S. 171.

"It happened in such a split second," Snider said. "The impact came and I was surprised that I never lost consciousness. The dash was down on my legs. I couldn't move."

That black truck also hit a white pickup, which was occupied by Shane Harmon.

"He said 'I'm a firefighter.' And he noticed that my car was on fire and he started pulling on the hood," Snider said. "He said, 'You’re going to live. You’re going to make it out of this.'"

Despite being injured, off duty and unprotected, the 18-year veteran firefighter put out the flames with an extinguisher as he tried to save Snider's life.

"Shane’s the type of person I would fully expect to jump into action given any situation to help someone," Lt. Brian Call said.

"Shane’s got such a big heart throughout this whole entire thing," Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association's Mike Drivdahl said. "Shane will tell you over and over he’s not a hero."

Shane received first- and second-degree burns while saving Snider, all while Harmon had an injury to his shoulder.

"Shane is a Godsend,” Snider said. "I don’t know what else to say about him. He's my hero. He saved me."

The winner of the contest will be based on the number of likes the nominee's post receives at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Facebook page through April 20. The winner will be announced May 1 and will get a free trip to New York City and their fire department will receive $10,000.

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