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Washington State Firefighters' Association Memorial Page


The TABLE SETTING: the place setting is small symbolizing the frailty of human life and symbolizes the loneliness we feel without them.  The table is round to show our everlasting concern and our unending love for our fallen brothers and sisters.
The TABLECLOTH is white symbolizing the purity of their motives and willingness to respond when answering the call to duty.
The SINGLE RED ROSE, displayed in the vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones left behind.  They will always be a part of our family.
The SINGLE WHITE ROSE is for those who witnessed and experienced tragedy and destruction firsthand, and are still with us today.
The PURPLE RIBBON tied so prominently on the vase, represents our strength in healing.
SLICE OF LEMON is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.
There is also SALT upon the bread plate, symbolic of the river of tears shed by families and loved ones.
Their GLASS is inverted - to symbolize their inability to share this evening's toast.
Their CHAIR is empty … they are not here. Our lives are incomplete because they cannot sit with us tonight.
The CANDLE is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their memory.
The FOLDED AMERICAN FLAG and the BIBLE represents those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their community and country, which was founded as one nation under God.

In Memories of those who Gave to the Communities they Served 2020

*denotes line of duty death
Clifford Allen / Issaquah Fire Dept.
Norman Arbini  / College Place Fire Dept.
Howard Asmussen /  Douglas Co. FPD#5
Paul Barnes / King County FPD#44
* Alan Basso / Cowlitz Co FPD#5
Raymond Bauman / Wahkiakum Co. FDP#1
Robert Beaber  /  Lewis Co. FPD#6
Art Beardsley / Snohomish Co. FPD #1
Wayne Blair  /  Kittitas Co. FPD #8
Michael Bobst  / Cowlitz Co. FPD #2
Robert Bonney  / City of Long Beach
Donald North  / Whidbey F&R
Vincent Bostwick / Thurston Co. FPD #11
Lloyd Bradshaw / Skagit Co. FPD #4
Lonnie Bruce / Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue
Dale Chamberlain / Newport Fire Dept.
Oren Callihan / Yakima Co.FDP#1
R. Darrell Clark / Clark Co. FPD #1
Fred Cloe / Skamania Co. FPD #5
Morris Coleman / Morton Fire Dept.
Durand Cox / Whitman Co. FPD #8
Richard Criss / Snohomish Co. FPD #19
Michael Cummings / Milton Fire Dept.
Richard Damitio / Thurston Co. FPD #3
Gordon Dawson / Skagit Co. FPD #3
John Dinse / Selah Fire Dept.
Clifford Durant /  Kitsap Co. FPD #12
Thomas Faerber / Uniontown Fire Dept.
Joseph Faubion / Thurston Co. FPD #3
Una Faulkner / Darrington Fire Dist.
Clarence Forseth / Snohomish Co. FPD #27
James Frost / Pierce Co. FPD #8
Charles Gall / Klickitat Co. FPD #2
Charles George / Pierce Co. FPD #21
Charles Gravelle / Spokane Co. FPD #9
Marvin Greenwalt / Odessa Fire Dept.
Paul Gustman /  King Co. FPD #18
Thomas Gowdy / King Co. FPD #39
Thomas Grove / Grant Co. FPD #5
Donald Hall / Whitman Co. FPD #11
Kenneth Hames / Rosalia Fire Dept.
William Hamilton / Clallam Co. FPD #2
Ronald Harbolt / Colville Fire Dept.
Edmund Herbst / Spokane Co. FPD #9
Lorna Hink / Central Mason F&R
Kenneth Hix / Wilkeson Fire Dept.
Adolph Huber / Pacific Co. FPD #3
Dale Hughey / Thurston Co. FPD #14
Joe Imhof / Pierce Co. FPD #10
Cecil Johnson / Adams Co. FPD #5
Robert Johnson / Hamilton Fire Dept.
Ronald Johnson / Skagit Co. FPD #5
Allan Johnston / Camas Fire Dept.
John Kelly, Jr. / Clark Co. FPD #5
Roger Kilgus / Pierce Co. FPD #5
Robert Kutzer / Burlington Fire Dept.
Gordon Lampard / Redmond Fire Dept.
Louis Laws / Malden Fire Dept.
Joe Leonetti / Walla Walla Co. FPD #4
Larry Locken / Skagit Co. FPD #3
Mathew Lyczewski / West Benton RFA
Tharrel Marcott / Riverside RFA
David Martin / Kittitas Valley F&R
Colin McMaster / Grays Harbor Co. FPD #5
Kenneth Meek / Kirkland Fire Dept.
Richard Melhus / Rosalia Fire Dept.
William Metz / Camano Island F&R
Silven Moench / Kitsap Co. FPD #2
Jerry North / Thurston Co. FPD #4
John Nunn / Thurston Co. FPD #13
George Oakes / Clallam Co. FPD  / #2
Jon Olson / Buckley Fire Dept.
John Gordon Oman / Wahkiakum Co. FPD #1
David Owens / Cle Elum Fire Dept.
Robert Peloli / Town of Wilkeson
Gordon Penaluna / Snoqualmie Fire Dept.
Mary Lou Perry / Spokane Co. FPD #3




James Phy / Whatcom Co. FPD #14
Eric Poulsen / Kittitas Valley F&R
Darlene Raffelson / Grays Harbor Co. FPD #14
Ronald Reid / Monrie Fire Dept.
Stephen Robecker / Grays Harbor Co. FPD #2
Loren Ross / Pacific Co. FPD #4
Gerald Rust / Cowlitz Co. FPD #2
Dale Scarbrough / Camas Fire Dept.
Ronald Schirma  / Monroe Fire Dept.
Larry Schrader / Colville Fire Dept.
Lloyd Seuell / Connell Fire Dept.
Carol Shanks / Skagit Co. FPD #7
Robert Sheidler / Ephrata Fire  Dept.
Andrew Smith / Grant Co. FPD #3
Ralph Sorensen / Edmonds Fire Dept.
Charles Starkey / Ferry/Okanogan #13
James Stevens / Snohomish Co. FPD #8
Steven Stillwell / Thurston Co. FPD #7
Melvin Swegle / Clallam Co. FPD #4
Larry Swift / Ritzville Fire Dept.
Grady Taylor / Skagit Co. FPD #10
John Thompson / Yakima Co. FPD #3
Steve Timm / Lincoln Co. FPD #6
Donald Torbet / Ruston Fire Dept.
William Tromblee / Clark Co. FPD #10
Edwin Udd / Jefferson Co. FPD #3
Henry Vandenbrink / Yakima Co. FPD #5
Gary VanDyke / Malden Fire Dept.
Larry VanHollebeke / Franklin Co. FPD #2
Edward Wakkuri / Kittitas Co. FPD #7
Raymond Walker / Yakima Co. FPD #5
Lawrence Wallin / Ilwaco Fire Dept.
James Williams / Tieton Fire Dept.
Nayland Wilkins / Klickitat Co. FPD #14
Jim Wortley / Whatcom Co. FPD #1
Bruce Young / Mercer Island Fire Dept.
Boyd Zimmerman / LaConner Fire Dept.
Richard Zimmerman / Grays Harbor Co. FPD #2





Bereavement Uniform Program 

Personal invite from Lighthouse Uniform Company

Remember the song, “Please don’t let me be misunderstood”.  The tag line was actually, “O’Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood”…

… and it is with that reservation I write this note and the (participating association) has so graciously agreed to forward it on to you.

For the sake of complete transparency; the Lighthouse Uniform Company has sold dress uniforms and accessories to America’s Firefighting Community for well over 60 years.  We hope to still be in business when we get through this nightmare and also hope you and your department ultimately become a Lighthouse customer.

That said, the reason for this note is to introduce and personally invite you and your department to find out more about the Bereavement Uniform Program (BUP).  It is there for any firefighter family wanting to use it.

For those unfamiliar with the BUP, very briefly, it a joint effort between the Lighthouse and the Fire Service to make available a Class A Dress Uniform for burial purposes, to any family wanting one, at no charge to the family. The program makes no distinction between paid and volunteer, active or retired.

A Bereavement Uniform Program Manual is attached. Take a look. See if it makes sense for any of the families in your department.

The Bereavement Uniform Program is a nation-wide effort, available in every state and has had almost two hundred departments and individuals donate, some departments more than once.

That’s it.  I know this is ‘preaching to the choir’ but it really is all about doing whatever you can and this is something we can do.  If you find the need to engage the Bereavement Uniform Program, either as a recipient or donor, please don’t hesitate to do so.  It is the reason the program exists.

Thanks for all you do in all of our communities. Hope to shake hands with all of you, one of these days.

Good luck. Try to stay safe. Do your best.

Steve Cohen, Pres.
Lighthouse Uniform Company
America’s Class A Solution ™

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child
Before it’s too late,
Or some older person
from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me,
To guard my neighbor
And protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

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