Superior man given 'lifesaving' award for fire rescue

Griffen Smith

SUPERIOR — AJ Allard and his family were on a drive home when he spotted a red haze in a wooded area off the side of the Thompson Creek Road the night of July 25.

Allard, a former Mineral County deputy, felt uneasy about it. He called in the report and took the dirt road past a set of train tracks to check out the glow himself.

He came upon a house burning with 20-foot flames over the roof. He saw there was a car in the driveway, and decided to enter the house. Less than 10 minutes later, Allard found two people inside, and got them out, likely saving their lives as the walls burned down around them.

“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” Allard said on Wednesday. “Everyone is shining a light on me, but I just played a role in the rescue.”

Allard’s heroics earned him a “lifesaving award” from Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth, and made him the center of attention at an award ceremony at the sheriff’s office in Superior.

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