Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District presented a certificate of appreciation on Sept. 16 to a citizen who put himself in harm's way to help during a boat fire on the Lake of the Ozarks in July.
After a boat caught fire at Bikini Pier from an explosion in the engine, Cory Nairn of Stover used a 2x4 to punch the boat away from the gas pumps.
"The potential for a devastating explosion was definitely present and that danger was mitigated by Mr. Nairn's actions," said Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly. "I am very impressed by Cory's actions and he certainly earned this certificate."
The incident occurred when the operator - Allen Wienecke, 52, of Texas - attempted to restart the boat after refueling at Bikini Pier around 5:30 p.m. July 17.
Sunrise Beach firefighters and the Marine Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene at the 11 mile marker. Firefighters extinguished the blaze using the district's fire boat and, by land, protected nearby condominiums that the flaming boat had drifted towards.
Wienecke suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene while his son Jonathan, 20, also of Texas, received moderate injuries and was treated at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.