CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Rogue Valley Strike Team is fighting the Camp Fire, along with about 70 other engines from around the state.
The Illinois Valley Fire District sent four of its firefighters to help.
“It’s a sad event; it’s a horrific fire,” Chief Dennis Hoke of the Illinois Valley Fire District said. “We’re just glad that we’re able to provide some assistance and help or neighbors to the south.”
Betty Latva’s husband, Captain Joseph Latva is fighting the fire. Betty is a member of the Illinois Valley Fire District herself. She says this isn’t her husband’s first deployment, but it’s still nerve-wracking for her.
She adds she is thankful for her neighbors in the surrounding communities who drive down supplies and donations for both the people affected by the fire, and the fire crews.
“We always have somebody in this valley that’s willing to go the distance to help them out, so that makes me feel good knowing there’s other people out there helping,” Latva said.
Jessi Eisenhauer’s husband, Noah Miller, is a part of the four-man team in California.
She echoes Betty’s sentiment.
“He is my hero,” Eisenhauer said. “He’s our hero, and before he was a firefighter he was our hero.”
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