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Craig resident Clay Dietrich, center, flanked by Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta, left, and Officer Ryan Fritz, received the Citizen Meritorious Service Award during Tuesday's Craig City Council meeting. Dietrich received the award in recognition for his efforts March 30 to contain a fire with a fire extinguisher at Columbine Apartments until Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters arrived. Dietrich, who was alerted to the fire by screaming neighbors, noticed the fire was being fueled by a faulty propane tank and successfully knocked it down, preventing what otherwise would have been a devastating fire, Vanatta said.


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