Near GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says that one of the responders to the Big Windy Complex fires has been killed.
The sheriff says 19-year-old firefighter Jesse Trader was killed when the water tanker he was driving rolled into a ditch along Bear Camp Road.
Firefighters following the tanker stopped to help and an advanced life support ambulance was on scene within minutes, but Trader did not survive.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement regarding Trader’s death:
“Jesse was part of the emergency response to one of the more serious fires burning in Oregon. Even at such a young age, he was already contributing mightily to his community, and we owe him our gratitude for his commitment to helping protect his fellow citizens. My prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time, and my thoughts are with all emergency responders on the front lines during this severe wildfire season.”