Daniel Lyon, the fourth firefighter, remains in Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center with third degree burns over a large portion of his body. Daniel’s parents are thankful for the prayers and support that they have received.
The same fire also injured two firefighters and a contract employee from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Donald Smith, Reed Callis, and the contract employee (whose name has not been released) have been discharged from the hospital and are recuperating.
Family Liaisons Established
Family Liaisons have been meeting on a daily basis with family members to determine their concerns, issues, needs, and wishes. The liaisons then relay this information to the teams.
The Honor Guard is coordinating with other agencies to schedule assistance with both the memorial and other funeral services. Multiple agencies are represented on the Honor Guard.
Critical Incident Stress Management Team
A Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team has been working with the Methow Valley Ranger District, and will eventually work their way around the Forest to meet with all district and SO personnel who are interested. The Seattle Fire Department has a similar team in place working with affected state and federal employees.
Burke Minor, from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation has arrived. The foundation provides support to injured fire fighters as well as the families of those who are killed in the line of duty. Several representatives from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have arrived to provide planning and operational support and to assist the families with submission of the Public Safety Officers Benefit claim.
For additional information, contact Judith Downing,
U. S. Forest Service, National Incident Management Organization (NIMO), at the listed email address