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Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Steven Fair­bourn

Utah’s Gov. Gary Her­bert pre­sented the Utah Cross to a Utah Guard mem­ber at the state Capi­tol’s Gold Room in De­cem­ber.

Sgt. 1st Class Brett Heath, a Manila res­i­dent and gun­nery sergeant for C Bat­tery, 1st Bat­tal­ion, 145th Field Ar­tillery in Span­ish Fork, was se­lected to re­ceive the Utah Cross for his ac­tions of brav­ery when he came upon a home ablaze in 2013.

Heath was first on the scene when he came upon the house fire en route to his home. He quickly as­sisted the home­owner in en­sur­ing no one was in­side the home, turned off the propane feed to the home and re­mained in the haz­ardous area as­sist­ing in fight­ing the fire when only two vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

While fight­ing the fire, Heath was struck in the eye by shrap­nel from an ex­plo­sion, los­ing sight in his right eye. Fol­low­ing surgery and therapy, he has re­gained par­tial vi­sion since the in­ci­dent. da-photo-heath-b The 19-year veteran has de­ployed twice in the ser­vice of our state and na­tion, first in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Noble Ea­gle 2002-2003 and sec­ond in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom in 2007-2008, but his ser­vice ob­vi­ously con­tin­ues here at home each and every day.

The Utah Cross is sec­ond in the or­der of merit for Utah Guard awards and is pre­sented to those who dis­tin­guish them­selves by vol­un­tar­ily sub­ject­ing them­selves to dan­ger or ex­traor­di­nary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties with praise­wor­thy for­ti­tude and ex­em­plary courage above and be­yond the call of duty.

Sgt. 1st Class Brett Heath

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