Monday, April 4, 2011

Jake LaFerriere: Why We Do What We Do

Why do we practice Minnesota workers’ compensation law? Because of people like Jake LaFerriere. It’s a privilege and an honor to work with and help people like him.

Jake LaFerriere, a Minneapolis Firefighter, responded to a residential structure fire on July 3, 2010. While Jake and his partner were conducting overhaul of the third story of the structure, looking for the source of the fire, a backdraft explosion suddenly blasted Jake across the room. To escape the fire and smoke, Jake jumped out of a third-story window, landing on the roof of the first floor porch. He sustained a broken ankle, torn ligaments in his knee, and third and fourth degree burns on his hands.

After months of recovery and physical therapy, Jake is back at work in a light duty capacity and he looks forward to returning to firefighting.

Watch Jake’s recent interview on WCCO Channel 4 and read his story here.

You can also read an interview Jake did with Fox9 here.

Jake was also interviewed by Weasel, Josh, & Nick on the 93X Half-Assed Morning Show, which you can download and listen to by clicking here.

Jake is truly an inspirational guy, and we’re not alone in thinking so. Jake was nominated by his mom as one of “America’s Most Wanted All-Stars,” a program run by the makers of “America’s Most Wanted,” the crime series, to honor America’s most inspirational first responders, and he was selected as a finalist!

America’s Most Wanted All-Stars will select a total of eight finalists, and voters will select the winner. In addition to the huge honor of being selected as “America’s Most Wanted All-Star,” the winner will receive $10,000.00 and a trip to the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series All-Star Challenge.

Jake's story was featured on America's Most Wanted on Fox on April 1, 2011. Click the video to below to watch the clip from America's Most Wanted.

Beginning April 21, go vote for Jake for “America’s Most Wanted All-Star!” You can vote once per day, per email address, through May 8th! Click here to view Jake's profile and to vote for him!

Stay tuned for more news about Jake and for updates on his participation in America's Most Wanted All-Stars!

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