ALBANY, Ore. — An Albany firefighter was remembered Saturday after his life was taken too soon. 19 year-old Jesse Trader died Tuesday while in Southern Oregon battling the Big Windy Complex. He died when a water tanker he was driving flipped.
The football field at West Albany High School was filled with family and friends of Trader’s Saturday morning. Friday said Trader always wanted to fight fires and said they’re happy he got to do what he loved before this tragic accident.
Trader was a huge Boston Red Sox fan, so family and friends were decked out from head to toe in Boston Red Sox clothing.
During the memorial friends shared their favorite memories of the wild land firefighter.
“Jesse was definitely one of those guys who lived life to the fullest,” said Daniel Spangler, a friend of Trader’s.
“He wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. That day God made that happen,” said Dan Trader, Jesse’s uncle.
After friends spoke, there was a ceremonial firefighter memorial, where firefighters from Albany, Salem, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and other organizations saluted Trader. They rand a bell symbolizing the end of Trader’s time as a firefighter.
After the ceremony, family headed to the burial site for a private burial.