Emergency manager who survived deadly Road 739 Fire throws out first pitch

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The man who survived a deadly wreck during the Road 739 Fire earlier this year is being honored by his community.

Phelps County Emergency Manager Justin Norris was enjoying America’s pastime ahead of Independence Day.

Loomis Baseball said he was named the team’s honorary captain on Wednesday, and he even threw out the first pitch.

Making this special moment even better, his son who plays on the team was picked to catch the ball.

Courtesy: Loomis Baseball Softball

Norris has been recovering since April from crash that happened while he was responding to the Road 739 Fire near Arapahoe.

Elwood Fire Chief Darren Krull was killed.

Conditions across the area are still very dry, which is why authorities are asking people to hold off on fireworks.

Even a tiny spark can turn into another massive blaze.

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