Three bulldozer operators were honored by the National Guard for their role in fighting the Machine Gun Fire in the foothills above Herriman, Utah.

Three dozer operators are flanked by Utah National Guard members. Left to right: Roger Franz, (vest) UDOT Parley's Canyon Station Supervisor; Shawn Wright, UDOT Transportation Technion and Kevin Williams, Salt Lake County Safety Coordinator.

The fire that started on September 19, 2010 quickly consumed three homes and caused hundreds of residents to be evacuated. Facing shifting winds and a fast moving blaze, the three men built a fire line to protect more homes from being destroyed.

Salt Lake City Firefighter Rich Platt was called to help fight the fire and saw the bulldozer operators at work in dangerous conditions. “They were on steep terrain with fire rapidly approaching,” says Platt. “And wind makes fire dynamic – that means things can change fast.”

According to a Fox 13 TV story, Frantz said the experience was frightening. “It was scary. You know I was surprised that we were able to save any of the houses as fast as the fire was coming.”

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