During the Salt Lake City Fire Department annual awards ceremony, Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Fire Chief Karl Lieb and Professional Fire Fighters of Utah (PFFU) President Jack Tidrow presented Salt Lake City Utah Local 81 member Tony Allred with the Medal of Gallantry for his life-saving actions during an active shooter situation.
“Brother Allred put his own life at risk to help others,” says Tidrow. “Because of his quick actions, two of the shooting victims are alive today. It was an honor to present him with this well-deserved award.”
Salt Lake City Local 81 member Tony Allred was off-duty, driving his daughter to gymnastics when traffic started to back up.
That’s when Allred heard shots fired and saw a man on the ground near an SUV. Knowing the situation was volatile and dangerous, Allred moved his own vehicle to safety, leaving his daughter inside.
As Allred got closer to the SUV, a woman approached him saying there were two kids inside the vehicle who had been shot. He began triaging and treating the wounded as well as he could without medical equipment. Once the police and paramedics arrived, Allred briefed them on the conditions of the patients and continued to assist.
Police investigators would later say that the active shooter incident occurred when Utah resident Jeremy Patterson approached his former girlfriend Memorez Rackley as she was walking her children home from school. It was when the two got into an argument that Jeremy shot them and then shot himself. The two survivors were the oldest of the three children.