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Lane County firefighters return home from Garner Complex Fire

Local firefighters who were sent to help with the Garner Complex Fire returned home on Tuesday.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 9:44 AM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 10:28 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (KEZI) -- Local firefighters who were sent to help with the Garner Complex fire returned home on Tuesday. 

Lane County Task Force 26 was demobilized on Tuesday and arrived at the Goshen Fire District Station Tuesday evening.

The crew comes home after helping protect homes for nearly two weeks at the Garner Complex fire. The force was working 12-hour graveyard shifts with no days off. Eugene Springfield Captain Greg Deedon, who led the charge, said it was a change in routine out there. 

"It's difficult at night sometimes 'cause it's not a normal shift for us because the first night you drive down there, get your meal, and then you're right out on night shift," Deedon said.

Deedon told KEZI 9 News they got a lot of support from the community they were trying to protect.

"The community that was there was very supportive -- a lot of signs thanking firefighters, obviously people very appreciative of the work and a lot of people from a lot of different organizations," Deedon said.

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