Memorial rededicated for the crew of Air Tanker 130

memorial crew C-130 crash Walker California
The new memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 at Walker, California, August 10, 2019. Photo by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

(This article first appeared at Fire Aviation)

The rededication of the memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 occurred as planned on August 10.

Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis were killed June 17, 2002 when their C-130 crashed while battling the Cannon Fire at Walker, California.

The memorial honoring the crew near the accident site was showing its age after having been in place for a decade and a half. On Friday the new monument for the crew was unveiled on Highway 395 near the site where their air tanker crashed. (map)

These photos were provided by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest through their Twitter account (@HumboldtToiyabe) where they wrote:

Fire staff attended the rededication ceremony and unveiling of the new memorial today for the crew of Tanker 130 near Walker, Ca. Steve Wass, Craig LaBare, and Mike Davis lost their lives when the tanker crashed during suppression operations on the Cannon fire in June of 2002.

More details about the new memorial were posted yesterday.

memorial crew C-130 crash Walker California
The new memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 at Walker, California, August 10, 2019. Photo by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
memorial crew C-130 crash Walker California
Scene from the rededication of the memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 at Walker, California, August 10, 2019. Photo by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
memorial crew C-130 crash Walker California
Scene from the rededication of the memorial for the crew of Air Tanker 130 at Walker, California, August 10, 2019. Photo by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

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