Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tributes planned for crash victims and firefighters

Oregon tribute

Grayback Forestry and Carson Helicopters are helping to plan a tribute for the 9 people that died in the August 5 helicopter crash. It is scheduled for Friday, August 15 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lithia Motors amphitheater on the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point, near Medford, Oregon. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. The Amphitheater is at 1 Peninger Road in Central Point, off Exit 33 (Pine Street) on Interstate 5.

Call (541) 618-2171 for more information or visit www.graybackforestry.com

James Ramage service

From the Redding Record Searchlight:
Service for pilot set for Saturday

A celebration honoring James N. Ramage of Redding is set for 2 p.m. Saturday August 16 at the Redding Convention Center. The 63-year-old U.S. Forest Service helicopter pilot died with eight others last week in the Buckhorn Fire helicopter crash in Trinity County.

The event will celebrate his life and 24-year career as a helicopter pilot and aviation inspector with both the U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The celebration begins at 1:30 p.m. with a procession of fire apparatus at the Redding Convention Center, followed by the 2 p.m. ceremony of invited speakers, a video presentation highlighting his life and career, remarks and comments by his family and friends, and a fly-over tribute of fire-fighting aircraft.

The public is invited to attend. Those wishing to attend are advised to arrive early because of likely traffic congestion and parking limitations.

IndyCar race tribute at Infineon raceway, "Firefighter Appreciation Day"

From infineonraceway.com
.........Infineon Raceway will honor these courageous (firefighters) for their incredibly heroic efforts at the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County during Firefighter Appreciation Day on Sunday, August 24.

The first 10,000 race fans that enter the raceway on Sunday will receive a FREE commemorative bracelet with the inscription, “Firefighter Appreciation Day,” and the date.

Firefighters will also be recognized during pre-event ceremonies on Sunday prior to the green flag being dropped for the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County.

There will also be a parade lap around the world famous road course by fire trucks and emergency response vehicles, as well as notable firefighters and dignitaries. Race fans can also visit the special firefighter display booth, which will feature donation buckets for those who would like to contribute.

Firefighters and their families can purchase discounted tickets for Firefighter Appreciation Day. CLICK HERE for more information about the discounts.

Photo of the crash site courtesy of Redding Record Searchlight.

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