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Family honors former Winston-Dillard fire captain this Labor Day

Tom Weiss was a captain of the Winston-Dillard Fire District and a passionate pilot. He passed away in October 2014 in a mid-air plane collision over the Nevada desert.

Posted: Sep 2, 2019 5:02 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2019 8:29 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.—A family is making sure their loved one’s legacy is honored this Labor Day by gathering the community together along with his favorite things.

Tom Weiss was a captain of the Winston-Dillard Fire District and a passionate pilot. He passed away in October 2014 in a mid-air plane collision over the Nevada desert.

After Weiss’ death, his family started hosting the Tom Weiss Labor Day Fly-in at the Felt Field Airport in Roseburg. An event where Weiss’ family, friends, fellow firefighters and pilots come together for food, music, activities and plane flying.

This was the 5th year the family held the event.

“We plan to meet out here and celebrate Tom as long as people are interested in doing it,” says Jennifer Weiss, Tom Weiss’ wife. “If it turns out to be a couple of airplanes and us having a picnic that’s fine too.”

In addition to hosting the Fly-in, the Weiss family created the Tom Weiss Memorial Fund. The fund is intended to raise money for scholarships for high school seniors in the area. The family says the application process is based off a student’s hobbies or interests that they are passionate about.

For more information on the event, click here.

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