Justin P. Faur

Justin P. Faur

Submitted by his mother

Justin P. Faur‚ 23‚ a firefighter with the Andover Volunteer Fire Department‚ was attempting to rescue his employer from a liquid manure pit when he was overcome by toxic manure gases. Justin and Dwight Johnson‚ a Clinton County cattle farmer‚ were flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals where they both remained hospitalized until their deaths.

On April 16‚ 2005‚ Dwight Johnson of Johnson Valley Beef‚ and Justin were in the process of draining the pit’s liquefied manure. There were only a few more loads left when Justin went to get a hair cut. When he returned to the Johnson farm he discovered Dwight face down in the liquid manure. Justin ran to the house and told the family to call 911. He then ran back out and then jumped into the underground pit to rescue Dwight and was also overcome by the fumes. Dwight passed away on April 20‚ 2005. Justin later passed away on April 30‚ 2005.

Justin is thought of as a hero in our area by giving his life to try and save another. Many friends both older and younger miss his smile and charm. He was a member of 4-H showing club calves around the area and his high school FFA chapter. He enjoyed high school basketball‚ 4 wheeling and snowmobiling and was an avid collector of small farm machinery and small semi-tractors. As a small child he would dress up as a fireman and he became that fireman on Oct. 9‚ 2002. Justin lived to respond to the fire calls and could not wait to help people.

On 07/06/2006 Justin became a recipient of the Carnegie Medal for Heroism. The medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraodinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.