Helping a family deal with a line of duty firefighter fatality

This is a wonderful story about how after the 2004 line of duty death of a wildland firefighter, the family was immeasurably helped by the firefighter’s crew, the agency, and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (who produced this video in 2016). And it continued for more than a decade.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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3 thoughts on “Helping a family deal with a line of duty firefighter fatality”

  1. It is such a shame all LODD are not handled such as this. Maybe my family (and others I have heard from) would have had a much easier road to travel.
    Blessings on that supervisor for giving her his info for her to call and get her questions answered.
    So many of us are left to try and pick up what pieces of our life we can, with little/no help given, and no one who will even offer to answer our questions.

    1. Lynnette,
      I am so sorry to read about what you shared regarding the loss of your firefighter! Unfortunately, that is the kind of story we have heard many times over the years, and was the deciding factor for me when I was asked to help make this video. It is my/our hope that this WILL help other crews and families when a tragedy happens!

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