The Cold Water Challenge

EUGENE, Ore. — Firefighters in Lane County are taking the plunge in a challenge that’s making a splash across America and flooding social media. It’s called the Cold Water Challenge, and it raises money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit organization to assist the families of those killed in the line of duty. … Continue reading »

Firefighter Dies in Crash

VENETA, Ore. — Local volunteer firefighters are dealing with the loss of one of their own Tuesday night. Ross Stang, 29, of Veneta, was killed Monday night in a motorcycle crash. Stang was a volunteer firefighter with the Lane Fire Authority. His co-workers and close friends say his death is a terrible loss to the … Continue reading »

Cat Rescued From Fire

NEWPORT, Ore. – Family members are breathing a sigh of relief after learning firefighters rescued their cat after a fire destroyed their home on Wednesday. But it is the way that the cat survived that makes one wonder if felines really have nine lives. Psycho, a three-year-old Calico cat, is Cheryl and Mark Anderson’s “baby.” “She’s … Continue reading »

Firefighters Climb Against Cancer

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Sixty-nine stories high – that is how many flights of stairs a group of Corvallis firefighters is conquering this weekend at an event in Seattle to fight cancer. On Monday, a group of firefighters trained at Reser Stadium. The group is training for the annual Scott Firefighter Stair Climb in Seattle. On … Continue reading »

Volunteer Firefighters Helping Kids

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Volunteer firefighters at the Locke Fire Station in Corvallis each donate 170-200 hours a month of their time to the community. It’s a profession that means long hours and hard work. The paycheck? A love for helping people. “I did a ride along in Eugene,” said volunteer Justin Lewis. “And they ended … Continue reading »

Eugene Firefighter Injured in Wildfires

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene firefighter is in the hospital after being injured while fighting the Douglas Complex Fires. That fire is burning at about 45,000 acres. Kenneth Cole from Eugene was helping to fight the fires when he had an allergic reaction to smoke inhalation from poison oak that was burning. He’s a part … Continue reading »

Community Honors Jesse Trader

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 … Continue reading »

Remembering Jesse Trader

CORVALLIS, Ore. — It was a day of mourning as Jesse Trader’s parents prepared for their son’s funeral on Friday, but more than anything, they say they want to honor and celebrate his accomplishments. Nineteen-year-old Jesse Trader of Albany was killed earlier this week while working on the Big Windy Fire in Southern Oregon. His … Continue reading »

Flags to be Lowered for Firefighter

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon fallen fire-crew member will be honored Tuesday. Governor John Kitzhaber has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of John Hammack. Hammack was killed while fighting a fire in central Oregon, when a tree fell on him and another firefighter. The governor also issued a statement sending his condolences … Continue reading »

Kitzhaber Orders Flags Lowered

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber has ordered all flags to fly at half-mast on Saturday in honor of fallen firefighter Jesse Trader. Trader was killed while fighting the Big Windy Fire on Tuesday when the water truck he was driving rolled into a ditch. He was 19 years old. Trader graduated from West Albany High … Continue reading »

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