Mark Westover

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Paul Tyrrell

Paul Tyrrell

On August 21, 1937, the tragic Blackwater Fire, provoked by a lightning strike, caused the death of 15 firefighters, including USFS Junior Forester Paul Tyrrell, injured 38 others, and burned approximately 1,700 acres of National Forest System lands on the Shoshone National Forest, near Cody, Wyoming.

Daniel J. Laird

Daniel J. Laird

Daniel Joseph Laird went to be with the Lord on March 27, 2019, at the young age of 41. He sustained fatal injuries in a helicopter accident while supporting a routine burn in Sam Houston National Forest in Texas. Two other people were injured in this incident.

Born August 30, 1977, in Fremont Hospital, Yuba City, California, Daniel was the youngest of four siblings. He went to school at Grace Christian Academy, then on to Bridge Street School, and graduated from Yuba City High School in 1995.

Daniel knew early in life that he wanted to be a firefighter like his father and uncle. After high school, he began a 23-year career with the US Forest Service, working his way up through the ranks to the position of helitack captain on the Tahoe National Forest.

Daniel was an avid fisherman, staunch supporter of the Sacramento Kings, competitive golfer, and Yuba City skateboarding icon. He is remembered as an amazing teacher, gentle and generous, a true problem solver with an infectious smile.

His family was always his greatest love and highest priority. Daniel was survived by his loving wife, Heather, who was his childhood sweetheart, and who sadly died just a year later in June 2020. He is survived by his daughter, Evain; father and mother, Richard and Rochelle Laird; brothers, Jeffery and Johnathan Laird; and grandparents, Chuck and Shirley Evans.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Larry and Nelda Laird; maternal grandfather, Ronald Jenkins; sister, Angela Laird; and nephew, Gavyn Laird.

Gary D. Helming

Gary D. Helming

Battalion Chief Gary D. Helming, age 47, of the USDA Forest Service, Los Padres National Forest, died on August 31, 2017, after his vehicle was struck while returning from the Railroad Fire.

Justin R. Beebe

Justin R. Beebe

Justin R. Beebe, age 27, from the USDA Forest Service, Lola Natl Forest Interagency Hotshots, died on August 13, 2016, after being struck by a falling tree while fighting a wildfire.

Steven W. Cobb

Steven W. Cobb

Engineering Technician Steven W. Cobb, age 55, of the USDA Forest Service, DeSoto National Forest died in a U.S. Forest Service helicopter crash while monitoring a controlled burn in the DeSoto National Forest on March 30, 2015.

Remy H. Pochelon

Remy H. Pochelon

Remy Hathaway Pochelon died September 30‚ 2009‚ after working with fire suppression crews on the Table Mountain Fire. Born July 4‚ 1945‚ in Geneva‚ Switzerland‚ he spent his childhood in George’s Mills‚ New Hampshire and graduated from Mount Hermon High School in Northfield‚ Massachusetts. In 1965‚ Remy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Reese Air Base in Lubbock‚ Texas. A veteran of the Vietnam War‚ he was honorably discharged in August 1972.

Following his military service‚ Remy headed west and began his 36-year career with the Forest Service. He started as a seasonal employee in 1973 while attending the University of Idaho. After graduating with a degree in forest resources‚ he started working as a firefighter for the St. Joe Interagency Hot Shot crew based out of Clarkia‚ Idaho.

In 1976‚ Remy accepted a permanent position with the U.S. Forest Service in Wallace‚ Idaho. His work later took him to Clarkia‚ Idaho‚ the Philipsburg Ranger District‚ and eventually to the Flathead Valley‚ where he worked for the Swan Ranger District as a resource assistant until retiring in 2004. Remy was especially proud of his role in the development‚ permitting‚ and eventual establishment of the Blacktail Ski Area on the Flathead National Forest near Lakeside.

Throughout his career‚ Remy was active in the fire program and continued to be a member of a Northern Rockies Type 2 incident management team after his retirement. He was one of the longest-serving safety officers for the USFS and had just completed an assignment on the Table Mountain fire southwest of Philipsburg. Indeed‚ Remy was around for so long that his coworkers eventually gave him a symbolic stuffed dinosaur that was a permanent fixture on the dashboard of his pickup. His knowledge and experience with forest policy and recreational issues continued to serve him well in retirement. Remy worked as a part-time consultant on forest planning issues throughout the west for Ecosystem Research Group in Missoula.

Remy thoroughly enjoyed himself in retirement. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting‚ fishing and skiing‚ especially skiing with his granddaughters. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Silver Mountain‚ Idaho‚ and at Lost Trail and Discovery Basin in Montana. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Philipsburg Volunteer Fire Department. One of Remy’s simplest pleasures was firing up the barbeque on a summer evening for a gathering of friends and family‚ enjoying their company‚ and treating them to the awesome views of the Flint Creek Valley from his deck.

He is survived by his wife‚ Mary McDonald; his daughter and son-in-law‚ Michele and Todd Seiger‚ and their children‚ Abby and Caitlyn; his sister‚ Gabby; his brother‚ Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

James N. Ramage

James N. Ramage

James ‘Jim’ Ramage died August 5‚ 2008‚ in a helicopter crash‚ along with the pilot and seven firefighters. An aviation leader with extensive flying experience and knowledge‚ he was performing his duties as a helicopter inspection pilot for the U.S. Forest Service. Jim dedicated himself and his career to help provide for the safety of others.

Jim’s aviation career began as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1970. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star. He served with Air America in Southeast Asia from 1970 to 1974. In 1974‚ he began his firefighting career with Evergreen Helicopter‚ Inc. and flew as a contract pilot for both the U.S. Forest Service and CAL Fire until 1978. He then worked as a contract pilot for Redding Air Service in Redding‚ California‚ flying across the western United States.

Jim worked for CAL Fire for 20 years and was their first forestry pilot. He carried Badge #1 for forestry pilots. He was promoted to air operations officer and served as CAL Fire’s chief helicopter pilot‚ and later as aviation safety officer‚ until his retirement in 2003.

Jim had a real passion for aviation. In fact‚ his love of firefighting and helicopters was so strong that‚ after eleven days of retirement‚ he began working for the U.S. Forest Service as a helicopter inspection pilot working out of McClellan‚ California. In 2006‚ Jim and his family moved back to Redding with the U.S. Forest Service.

Jim received a Medal of Merit from the Ventura County Peace Officers’ Association. He was also awarded the Governor’s Safety Award from the California Department of Forestry.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years‚ Diane‚ and his daughter‚ Ginger.

Jim’s passion for aviation and his love of the job and the people he worked with made him one of the most highly respected aviators in the industry.

Jim always had a ready smile and a twinkle in his eyes.

Randy Rayford Henderson

Randy Rayford Henderson

Submitted by his wife

Randy died May 13‚ 2004 on a lightning strike fire in Florida. He was the Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Bienville Ranger District in Forest‚ Mississippi. He loved the outdoors‚ and loved working in fire. He went on his first fire 24 years ago‚ he hated leaving his family but loved putting out fire. He was a Helicopter Boss‚ Squad Boss‚ was on the Southern Area Red Team and the list goes on. He kept the Bienville ‘Firedogs’ in line. A job he said was a 24 hour a day job. The ‘Firedogs’ escorted him home and then laid him to rest on May 18‚ 2004.

There were only two things Randy loved more than he loved putting out fire. Randy loved his Savior and Randy loved his family. Randy was a member of Lorena Baptist Church. He was the music director and assistant Sunday school director at the time of his death. He grew up at Lorena Baptist and served in many positions over the years. The youth were always important to him‚ and he and his wife Patsy served on the youth committee for years. Randy loved to sing and would sing solos at church and duets with his daughters. He would also ‘surprise’ Patsy when she was playing the offertory by singing along. The church misses him greatly‚ though his family is still very active in church. Randy always believed in taking your children to church not sending them. He would take off work to help out during VBS. He would lead the music‚ drive the bus‚ help with the crafts and help feed the children during lunch. He and the girls were responsible for the up keep of the cemetery. He thought it was disrespectful for the cemetery to be unkept.

Randy and Patsy had recently celebrated their twenty-fourth anniversary. Randy and Patsy were always together. Whether checking fire lines‚ or changing oil in the truck. Someone ask Randy at his 15 year High School reunion what his most memorable moment was in school. He said when he met his wife! They have two daughters Natalie (Nicky) age 20‚ and Stacy age 15. If you ask Randy a question and he didn’t know the answer‚ he would look it up. He wouldn’t make up an answer. Randy always told our girls to look up the answers to their questions‚ they would remember the answers longer. He always encouraged the girls to do their best‚ he was very proud of both of his girls. Randy had a great sense of humor. He said you had to have a sense of humor to live with three females or you would go crazy. He scared Nicky’s boyfriend when he asked to marry her. She had just bought her wedding dress when Randy died. Randy always encouraged Stacy in her poetry. Her first published poems are about her dad in heaven.

Randy was Assistant Fire Chief‚ Training officer and firefighter at the Homewood Volunteer Fire Department. He was proud of the department he had worked so hard to help get on its feet. He believed a fire department was important especially to rural communities. The fire department served as honorary pallbearers. At the end of the service they gave the Homewood signal and the final call for Randy. The department later presented the family with a plague and his tag and retired his number.

Randy was survived by his wife‚ Patsy; daughters‚ Stacy Henderson‚ and Natalie Webb. His mother‚ Bobbie Nell Henderson‚ brother‚ Lambert Henderson and family; sister‚ Wanda Henderson and family. All live in Lorena‚ Mississippi. Natalie’s husband Michael is currently serving in Afghanistan.

David Ray Rendek Jr.

David was born in San Luis Obispo‚ California‚ on June 30th 1977. Went to grade school in Arroyo Grande‚ California. He moved to Victor‚ Montana and graduated from Victor High School. He did some work in a cabinet shop‚ then started work at the Smoke Jumper Center in Missoula‚ Montana. He cleaned fire equipment hoses‚ tents‚ etc. That’s when he decided to become a firefighter.

In the summer of 1997‚ David started at the Sula Montana Ranger District. He was meticulous; his firefighting gear had to be perfectly appointed. He was the same with his snowboard‚ drum set‚ mountain bike‚ even his skateboard (would do tricks over and over until it was perfect). When he was in California‚ he was on a friend’s surfboard learning how to ride the waves.

David was also a gifted artist. He had a big heart‚ kind and caring to all. He had love for his family his friends‚ and a great love for the outdoors.

David was first in the pack test 2 years in a row. Before fire season they all train for the pack test. He was fastest in the forest‚ even was pictured in the local newspaper.

David was called a STRAIGHT EDGE type of guy. They called themselves that because they never did drugs or alcohol or smoke. He and his friends took pride in that. As his mother‚ I was proud of that‚ too.

David had many certificates of completions of many firefighting-related classes. He loved his job and was always eager to learn. He was going to be a leader‚ but was taken much too soon.

He was fighting a fire on September 3‚ 2001. The fire‚ at Lost Trail Ski area‚ (an area he loved to snowboard many times) and a snag fell. A snag is a standing dead tree. It fell as David was moving down the fire line‚ the snag hit him and he went down the steep edge. One is never ready to hear the news that your son was taken so fast.

David will be missed by his mom‚ sister‚ girlfriend‚ dad‚ and all his friends and former firefighters. David is our angel and will always be with each and every one of us in our hearts. We all love you David and miss you more than words can say. David Ray Rendek‚ Jr.