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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 50
Year of Death: 2003

Wayne Copeland

Submitted by his daughter

My dad loved being with nature‚ in the woods. The time he spent in the woods was the time he felt close to God‚ our Creator. When you went into the woods with my dad‚ you would learn about nature. Everyone that knew my dad would call him if they needed help with something. He’d stop doing what he was doing at home and help that friend or family member.

Dad was a boy and girl scout leader for many years. After he was hired with the fire department‚ he’d continue to help the boy scouts in teaching them how to tie knots and camping.

I’m VERY PROUD of my dad. He touched so many people’s hearts and probably didn’t know half of them. They came to me at dad’s Celebration of Life saying‚ ‘We’ve never met‚ but your dad talked so much about you I feel like I know you.’ Just to let you know‚ we fed over 500 people that day. All of the people’s hearts‚ he touched in some way‚ will always be a treasure in their hearts.

Dad would always take me rock climbing‚ camping‚ fishing and a little bit of hunting. He taught me how to be independent and fix things. Now‚ he and God are teaching me things through my heart. My dad was the BEST!

Accomplishments: He climbed Mt. Ranier in 1981; became Fire Fighter II in 1983; Engineer in 1987 and Captain in 1989.

He was a member of the following: RMEF‚ NWTF‚ NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

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  1. It was great meeting your daughter today Wayne… She still proudly wears your Station 26 T-shirt which is how I met her… You are not forgotten sir! God bless your family! Miss you brother!

    – Trey Smith
  2. I just wanted to let you know that Jeanine Joy wrote about your Dad on Quora on November 14, 2019. I don’t know her, and sadly, didn’t know your Dad either. If you want to look for the question that she answered, look up this question and her name.

    Did you ever find out something wonderful about a relative or friend that made you look at them in a different light? He truly sounds as though he was a great person, and I wanted to let you know that your Dad is still touching others through those who knew him.

    – Fran Pinzow