Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Aug. 10, in honor of Jesse Trader of Albany, 19, who died while working on the Big Windy fire in Southern Oregon.
“Jesse was part of the emergency response to one of the more serious fires burning in Oregon. Even at such a young age, he was already contributing mightily to his community, and we owe him our gratitude for his commitment to helping protect his fellow citizens.
“After graduating from West Albany High School in 2012, Jesse Trader was well on his way to becoming a professional firefighter,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber. “In addition to going to school to study fire science, Jesse had recently started working on the Big Windy Fire. We are humbled by his commitment to public service, and we are saddened by the tragic circumstances that took him far too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and I urge all Oregonians to take a moment to remember Jesse, his dedication to public safety, and his sacrifice.”
Kitzhaber also said, “my thoughts are with all emergency responders on the front lines during this severe wildfire season.”
The public has the opportunity this month to pay tribute to all men and women who have given their lives in fire service.
Odell and Pine Grove fire departments will hold their annual fire memorial service on Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. at Odell fire hall.