Fallen Firefighter’s Family Hit Hard

ALBANY, Ore. – A local fallen firefighter is being honored this weekend by the National Firefighters Memorial Service. Jesse Trader is among 107 firefighters being recognized Sunday at a ceremony in Maryland. But his family says, while the support from the state and firefighting community has been amazing, the federal government continues to deny them … Continue reading »

Brakes, Weight Blamed in Fire Crew Death

MEDFORD, Ore. – A new report by the Bureau of Land Management said equipment problems, steep terrain, and inexperience contributed to the death of a fire crew member working on the Big Windy Fire in August 2013. 19-year-old Jesse Trader was driving a water tender for a private contractor when the vehicle crashed off a … Continue reading »

Report Released on Big Windy Fatal Crash

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — An investigative report shows what led to the deadly crash of a fire crew member last summer. 19-year-old Jesse Trader was killed last August while fighting the Big Windy Fire. In the report, investigators say he was on his first assignment driving the truck only about a week after getting his … Continue reading »

Governor Orders Flags at Half-Staff

SALEM, Ore. — In honor of the young firefighter who died in our area this week, flags will be flown at half-staff across Oregon on Saturday. Governor Kitzhaber ordered all public institutions to participate, after 19-year-old Jesse Trader rolled his truck down an embankment on the way back from the Big Windy Complex on Tuesday … Continue reading »

OSP Investigates Trader’s Crash

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon State Police was one of the first to respond to Bear Camp Road Tuesday morning.  OSP is assisting the lead agency in the case, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. “I don’t know if there will be any criminal charges, but I’m not involved in that,” Sergeant Proulx said. “That’ll be … Continue reading »

Big Windy Shows Their Support to Trader

MERLIN, Ore. — Firefighters who fought alongside Trader want to show their support to Trader’s family. Crews are hoping to set up a few different ways to remember him. The flag at the camp has been lowered to half-staff. Crew members have also made a box where firefighters can write notes to Trader’s family. Next … Continue reading »

Firefighters Comment on Trader’s Death

GLENDALE, Ore. — Firefighters are dealing with the emotional aspects of losing one of their own. This morning, the Glendale fire camp had a moment of silence to honor Jesse Trader. “What we do out here is an inherently dangerous job and we choose to do it because it needs to be done,” C&R Reforestation … Continue reading »

Community Reacts to Big Windy Tragedy

MERLIN, Ore. – Many firefighters are still learning the details around Jesse Trader’s death. But officials say within 24-hours every firefighter nationwide will be informed. Meanwhile, community members are still reeling from what they say is like losing a brother. “We’re family. We’re not blood but we’re family,” said Leighanna Peacock, owner of Baldini’s Family … Continue reading »

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 »