Report Released on Big Windy Fatal Crash

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — An investigative report shows what led to the deadly crash of a fire crew member last summer in Southern Oregon. 19-year-old Jesse Trader of Albany was killed last August while fighting the Big Windy Fire In the report, investigators say he was on his first assignment driving the truck only about … 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 »

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 »

Remembering Fallen Albany Firefighter

ALBANY, Ore. — It was a day of mourning and shock for friends and family members of a fallen firefighter from Albany. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Jesse Trader of Albany was driving a water tender truck on Tuesday morning while helping fight the Big Windy Complex Fire near Grants Pass. Deputies say … Continue reading »