Over 250 people paid their respects Thursday, Sept. 8 at the White Pine County Fairgrounds, for not only fallen firefighter Justin Beebe, but all of those who serve and protect the local communities.
Dinner was pulled pork, Evah’s mac & cheese, coleslaw, salad, Anderson’s rolls and dessert from Salt and Sucre out of Eskdale.
“It was amazing to see the community support as well as the groups of wildland firefighters from our local agencies and the hotshot and smoke jumper crews that were in the area,” said Meg Rhodes, an organizer of the event.
There were members of the Helena Hot Shots, Great Basin Smoke Jumpers, Boise Smoke Jumpers, SiIver State Hot Shots, Unified Command VFD from Utah, and Baker, Caliente, Pony Springs and local BLM, Forest Service, city and county emergency personnel that came out to celebrate the sacrifice of one of their own.
Individuals and businesses from around the community donated over 25 raffle items and the Caliente BLM fire crew employees went together and purchased a Ruger American .30-06 to be raffled as well.
Kevin Robison did a great job entertaining the crowd as the winner of the rifle was determined. A Boise Smoke Jumper with the jack of hearts stuck to his forehead came out victorious over local Hal Hollingsworth’s ace of hearts.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen and it was a great honor to be able to send the Wildland Firefighters Foundation $8,735.80 from the community and surrounding area in honor of Justin Beebe,” said Rhodes. “Anyone still wanting to support this amazing organization can go to www.wffoundation.org for several donation options. The importance of what the foundation does is immeasurable.”