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 »

Local Crew Reacts to Firefighter’s Death

COBURG, Ore. — A 19-year-old is man the second firefighter to die in Oregon in less than a week. Jessie Trader was killed when the water tanker he was driving rolled into a ditch along Bear Camp Road. Firefighter John Hammack died last Thursday when he was hit by a falling tree, fighting a fire … Continue reading »

Oregon Fire Responder Killed in Action

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 … Continue reading »

Springfield Fire Captain Retires

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield fire captain retired Thursday after 36 and a half years of service. Captain Jerry Hall and his family took a “victory lap” in a fire truck, making stops at all five Springfield stations. Firefighters were there to meet and congratulate him. Captain Hall says it will be hard not coming … Continue reading »

An Inside Look At The Buckhead Complex

OAKRIDGE, Ore — The Buckhead Complex grows to 55 acres as firefighters battle rough terrain. The complex is made up of several fires. Throughout the fire you’ll see pockets of burning fuel. “What this fire lacks in acreage it makes up in sheer nastiness,” said Oregon Department Of Forestry Spokesman Randy Alvarez. The nastiness of … Continue reading »

Former Firefighter Loses Home To Fire

GOSHEN, Ore. — The local firefighting community is rallying around one of its own after a late night house fire. A former Goshen volunteer firefighter and his wife lost their home and belongings in the fire. Tom and Christy McClellan lost everything in this fire, but they’re thankful everyone is ok including their dogs. They’re … Continue reading »

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