SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory View Alerts

Flameless Candlelight Vigil honors Almeda Fire victims, thanks first responders

The #SouthernOregonStrong Flameless Candlelight Vigil honored victims of the Almeda Drive Fire on Friday night, At the same time, it thanked first responders for their hard work during the fire and the continued recovery process.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 11:42 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2020 8:48 PM

MEDFORD, Ore--- The #SouthernOregonStrong Flameless Candlelight Vigil honored victims of the Almeda Drive Fire on Friday night, At the same time, it thanked first responders for their hard work during the fire and the continued recovery process. 

The night kicked off with dancing at the Vogel Plaza in downtown Medford. Then, there were speeches given by several different speakers.

"We can either passively, and often by default, allow these experiences to shape us into becoming withdrawn and hardened towards life and miss the beauty around us," said Complete Care Founder Dr. Thaddeus Gala. "Or we can decide to push forward together and use this as a stepping stone to learn, grow, and build up stronger as individuals, a community, and within our families."

"I have experienced what this community is capable of when they are called on to help and support," said RJ Wright. "This is just an amazing representation of that."

At the same time, people in vehicles joined Facebook live videos from the Rogue Valley Mall. At around 8:30 p.m., both locations lit up car headlights, cell phones, and fake candles to honor the victims. 

After a moment of silence, the song "Rise Up" by Andra Day played. The crowd of around 40-70 people at Vogel Plaza all waved their lights during the song. 

"I just want to thank everyone for showing up and more importantly, everyone coming together as a community," said Spartan Boxing Founder Troy Wohosky. "This today is not about politics. It is not about religion It is not the color of your skin. It is about us uniting as one."

Spartan Boxing will be raising money through a fundraiser starting on Saturday for two families including Trinidad Alvarez, Gladis Garcia, Issac Alvarez, Caleb Alvarez, and Ana Alvarez. All of them have lost their home to the Almeda Drive Fire. 

You can donate starting on Saturday, September 19 through Saturday, September 26. You can donate at the Spartan Boxing Facebook page

"And to take from the Ancient Greeks, we can extinguish despair and suffering by finding meaning and joy in helping our brothers and sisters flourish in becoming the Phoenix and Talent that rise again from the ashes," said Gala. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 70832

Reported Deaths: 885
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah15875232
Washington997499
Marion9017137
Clackamas585377
Umatilla430149
Lane420241
Jackson364428
Malheur237942
Deschutes222814
Yamhill164816
Linn138522
Polk116816
Douglas91217
Jefferson80811
Union7715
Benton7667
Klamath7604
Morrow6517
Lincoln61315
Wasco51919
Josephine5104
Columbia4783
Coos4182
Hood River3941
Clatsop3510
Baker2723
Crook2176
Grant1341
Curry1292
Tillamook1230
Lake1171
Harney961
Wallowa713
Sherman230
Gilliam220
Wheeler30
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1185576

Reported Deaths: 19089
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3877937604
San Bernardino902221129
Riverside857741437
San Diego76359996
Orange750951577
Kern40337448
Fresno37724481
Sacramento35854566
Santa Clara32985476
Alameda28857505
San Joaquin25738502
Contra Costa23571261
Stanislaus21460424
Tulare20649308
Ventura19058175
Imperial15862356
San Francisco15156160
Monterey14750116
San Mateo13715170
Sonoma11922157
Merced11537179
Santa Barbara11277135
Kings1047587
Solano1003681
Marin7628129
Placer635468
Madera604785
San Luis Obispo596435
Shasta471847
Yolo462675
Santa Cruz426928
Butte389459
Sutter314415
Napa298817
El Dorado22174
Yuba198110
San Benito183716
Lassen17733
Tehama161225
Mendocino148522
Nevada11849
Tuolumne9088
Glenn8928
Lake89019
Humboldt8509
Colusa6946
Siskiyou6242
Mono5273
Amador52016
Calaveras47822
Del Norte3131
Inyo29016
Plumas2050
Trinity1390
Mariposa1282
Modoc1250
Alpine470
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
35° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 35°
Brookings
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
Crater Lake
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 34°
Grants Pass
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 36°
Klamath Falls
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 34°
Foggy Saturday morning with afternoon clouds
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events