Josephine County Sheriff'S Office - Urgent Press Release
Incident: Big Windy Complex Wildfire
JOSEPHINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - PRESS RELEASE
SHERIFF GIL GILBERTSON601 NW 5th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526Office: (541) 474-5123Fax: (541) 474-5114E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Fatal Traffic Accident - Bear Camp Road
Grants Pass, OR ― It is with great sadness that we inform you of a firefighter fatality that occurred this morning at approximately 7:20 a.m. on the Big Windy Complex. The firefighter, 19 year old Jessie Trader, was returning from the evening shift when the water tender he was driving hit the embankment and rolled over on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp. Firefighters in vehicles driving behind Jessie immediately stopped to assist. An advanced life support ambulance arrived on scene within minutes and life flight was quickly launched; however, all efforts to save Jessie were unsuccessful.
Sheriff Gilbertson responded to the scene and confirmed that the driver of the water tender was deceased.
The water tender which is owned by “Ace Earthmoving” was being utilized by “County Fire”, a private fire suppression company serving the Merlin area and contracted to assist with the Big Windy Fire at the time.
Jesse A. Trader DOB: 11/29/93
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.