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At this time, the connection with firefighter Ray Carrillo's passing and his firefighting is being investigated.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 3:56 PM


UPDATE: There will be an funeral procession and memorial service for firefighter Ray Carrillo on Sunday at 1 p.m., according to a statement from Rural Metro Fire.

Carillo passed away last Friday after complications from an illness that began shortly after he helped extinguish a structure fire outside of Hugo.

Rural Metro says that a line of emergency vehicles plan to leave the parking lot on D street behind Grants Pass Shopping Center (the old movie theater) and end at the Wolf Creek Inn up in Wolf Creek.

The procession plans to travel west on D Street to 7th Street, then north on 7th Street to Interstate 5. Units will proceed northbound to the Wolf Creek Exit (MP 76), passing the Wolf Creek Fire Department Station, then into a staging area at the Inn.

Traffic control personnel will be assisting along the route. Temporary traffic congestion may be experienced near the procession route between 1 & 2 p.m.

The memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Inn, with Chaplain Brian Crawford officiating.

(Updated 9/13/18 at 3:50 p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: Firefighter Ray Carrillo passed away on Friday due to complications resulting from an illness, according to a statement from Rural Metro Fire.

Carrillo became ill and was initially treated while on duty in mid-July of 2018, shortly after a response he had made to a structure fire just outside of Hugo, Ore. At this time, the connection with Ray's passing and that fire is being investigated.

Memorial services are being planned for Sunday Sept 16, 2018. More detail will be provided as it becomes available. Ray has no known relatives other than his Wolf Creek Fire family. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the volunteers with the arrangements. They wish to thank those who have donated already.

On behalf of Wolf Creek Fire, planning for the services is being handled by a team from the Rogue Valley Fire Chiefs Association. 

Fire crews say Carrillo became indispensable and was involved in every aspect of the departments fire service programs which included mapping of the fire district water resources, draft site repairs, public education with the school children and operational policy development.

The GoFundMe says Carrillo was passionate about firefighting and sacrificed 40 years of his life in his pursuit and will always be known to the department and his community as the gentle giant.

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