Remembering The Fallen 3 Heroes of the Twisp River Fire


August 19th today is a day of remembrance to three USFS wildland firefighters, Rick Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski that were killed in 2015.  In attempt to escape in their fire apparatus a fast-moving wildfire, their vehicle veered off the road and was overrun by fire.

Video includes the Actual Call.  Video Credit:  Andy Lyon.

A fourth firefighter, Daniel Lyon exited the vehicle and ran to safety but not before the fire burned over 70% of his body.  He would survive his injuries but has endured a lot of surgeries, fingertip amputations, skin grafts and emotional scarring.  His doctors have said he has recovered remarkably but has a long journey ahead.  He is supported by his immediate family, fire family, friends and communities.  We often think of those who have lost their lives and those that have been saved.

WARNING:  Some of the descriptions and images may be disturbing to some of our readers. Please be cautioned and view at your own risk.   Video Credit:  Andy Lyon

These are the many untold stories shared on this unforgettable fire.  Video Credit:  Andy Lyon.

Please take the time to remember those in your communities and thank them for working tirelessly to protect homes, businesses, properties and in saving lives.  They give so much to protect us all.

We ask that you remember those who have left us way too early and to be with those that have been impacted by their loss. #NeverForget

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