Friday, April 18, 2008

Colorado firefighters memorial service

Information about the final services for the two firefighters who died at the fire near Ordway, Colorado on April 15 is now available.

A joint memorial service for John Schwartz, 38, and Terry DeVore, 30, will be held at Crowley County High School on Saturday, at 602 Main Street in Ordway at 10:00 a.m. (See the map below.)

DeVore and Schwartz were volunteer members of the Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Anyone planning to attend the joint service should arrive at least one hour before it starts. The road damage on Highway 96 has been temporarily repaired, but an alternate route is strongly recommended.

The officers died when their engine crashed on a collapsed bridge on Highway 96 while responding to the fire near Ordway. Two other vehicles also crashed at the same location but their occupants were able to walk away.

As far as we know, information about the services for Gert Marais of Fort Benton, Montana, the pilot of the single engine air tanker who died when his air tanker crashed on the TA25 fire in Colorado on April 15, have not been released. We will post the information here when it becomes available.

The map below shows the location of the joint memorial service for the firefighters from the Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department:

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