Severely Burned Officer Daniel Lyon Suits-Up Again, One Year Later

Officer Daniel Lyon suits-up a year after he was severely burned.

Officer Daniel Lyon suits-up a year after he was severely burned.

Severely Burned Officer Daniel Lyon Suits-Up Again, One Year Later

Reserve police officer and firefighter Daniel Lyon was burned over 65% of his body while fighting a wildfire last year. The same fire claimed the lives of the three hero firefighters who were with Lyon at the time.

Officer Lyon has had a long road to recovery which has become a full-time job for him. Besides physical therapy, he has had 13 surgeries with more coming.

On Saturday, Daniel Lyon shared this message with his fellow officers:

The following was written by Officer Daniel Lyon and cannot be copied or otherwise reproduced without his permission.

Today, I had the second most proudest day of my life.

The first was when I graduated academy but today was the second. Exactly one year and a day ago, I was caught in a bad fire while working for the forest service. I lost three of my brothers and suffered extensive burns to 65% of my body that I still deal with to this day.

At the time, I was also a reserve officer but had to put that on hold even though it was my dream (and still is) to become a full time officer. But after three months in a hospital, countless hours of therapy, and thirteen surgeries I was able to put on my jumpsuit once again and join my department in our local parade.

Today, I wasn’t in pain, I didn’t think about my injuries, and I didn’t even consider myself burned. I was simply an officer. Through all of my recovery, I can honestly say that the honor of wearing the badge, and putting on that uniform is what kept me going. The thin blue line kept me going. I’m living proof that no matter what kind of tough shit you are going through, it will get easier.

The brotherhood/sisterhood of law enforcement and the honor of our job is what keeps me going everyday. Keep fighting the good fight.

-Daniel Lyon

  • HoseasHand

    Well that’s dedication that can be admired, … Godspeed Daniel!