Family Mourns Son Killed at Big Windy

MERLIN, Ore. – The family of a fire crew member killed Tuesday said he was a leader who was close to becoming an elite firefighter. Jesse Trader, just 19 years old of Albany, was killed Tuesday while driving a water truck at the Big Windy Fire, burning near Galice. The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said … Continue reading »

Big Windy Claims Life of Firefighter

Near Grants Pass, Ore. — Early Tuesday morning 19 year old firefighter, Jesse Trader, was killed while helping battle the Big Windy Complex in Josephine County. Sheriff Gilbertson says the young man was driving a water tanker and was killed when it rolled into a ditch along Bear Camp Road at milepost 10 near Soldier … Continue reading »