Ozark Fire Protection District Firefighters Go Beyond For Veteran

A pair of firefighters within the Ozark Fire Protection District went above and beyond the call to help a veteran in need.

Air Force veteran Mike Walsh was kayaking with his family in Lake Buteo at Knob Noster State Park when an accident took place and his prosthetic limb ended up at the bottom of the lake.

A replacement limb would cost at least $40,000, something Walsh and his family could not afford.

When word of Walsh’s predicament reached members of the Ozark Fire Protection district, a few members who were divers immediately jumped at the chance to use their skills to help a man who gave so much to the country.

Dalton Pennington, a firefighter with the Branson Fire Department, and Jacy Snider, of the Ozark Fire Department, responded by spending eight hours in blackout conditions on the lake’s floor until they found the missing prosthetic.

Governor Parson saluted the divers for their efforts in helping Walsh recover his prosthetic, along with the agencies that contributed to the recovery effort: Missouri State Parks Rangers, Branson Fire Department, Taney County, Johnson County & Ozark Fire Protection Districts, and the Rockaway Beach police department.