Arkansas firefighter honored for heroism

Monday, January 12th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A Little Rock firefighter went to Oklahoma in October to root for Kansas State and he would up saving a life.

Josh White was honored Monday with the Heroic Oklahoman Award for saving a Stillwater man. White became the first nonresident and the 13th recipient of the award, which was presented by Governor Brad Henry during a ceremony at the Capitol.

The 27-year-old's quick action was credited with helping save the life of Stillwater resident Bud Hesser, who collapsed while watching a football game on October 11 between Oklahoma State and Kansas State.

Hesser suffered cardiorespiratory arrest and collapsed into unconsciousness. The young firefighter saw a commotion, rushed to Hesser and administered CPR. Paramedics later said Hesser likely would have died if White had not performed life-resusitating measures.

Governor Henry said that Josh White was a credit to his profession and to his home state. He said the firefighter was welcome to visit anytime he wants, even if he does root for opposing football teams.