Volunteer firefighter sues county

Volunteer firefighter Lizzy Stabo receives the Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation Meritorious Service Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award from Laura Mallery-Sayre and Dr. Frank Sayre. Capt. Kaaina Keawe, right, pulled Stabo to safety after she fell into a collapsed fire hole in September 2021. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A Big Island volunteer firefighter who was injured in 2021 while battling a long-burning underground fire in Ka‘u has filed a lawsuit against the department and three ranking individuals.