Strong, shifting winds that dramatically fanned a wildfire near Twisp in Okanogan County, Washington in August 2015 pushed walls of flames and smoke onto a team of firefighters, catching them off-guard and forcing them to retreat blindly down a winding dirt road to their deaths. The road was completely obscured by smoke. Four U.S.Forest Service firefighters were fleeing in a fire engine down a winding road as flames exploded around them. They had zero visibility and the engine went off the road. Daniel Lyon, from Stevensville, MT, was the only surviving firefighter who go out and was immediately engulfed in flames. He made his way through the flames back to the road and made it to safety.
On Thursday, January 31, Daniel Lyon graduated from over 3-years of physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy with CMC’s Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team. Watch his story: