Kortnie Balls

Kortnie Balls, a local 25-year-old delivery driver, on March 23, 2022, entered a burning Pocatello, Idaho, mobile home amid exploding oxygen tanks, dense black smoke that precluded visibility, and spreading flames to find 76-year-old Richard G. Sergi, who was badly burned. Despite Sergi outweighing Balls by more than 100 pounds, Balls pulled Sergi to the front door. Exiting the home as flames burned above their heads, Balls dragged Sergi partially outside where another man helped move Sergi fully onto the porch. Sergi’s injuries were extensive and he died the following day. Balls inhaled smoke, but she recovered.