Ceremony honors fallen Forest Service firefighter in Gold Beach

GOLD BEACH, Ore. – The US Forest Service held a ceremony in Gold Beach today honoring the firefighter who died in a car crash last weekend.

A Cordon of Honor was held in the name of Benjamin Sapper made up of federal, state, and local fire and emergency vehicles.

There was also a flag raising ceremony and a chance for Sapper’s family to meet his colleagues at the gold beach ranger district.

Forest service officials say this loss is devastating for anyone who knew or worked with Benjamin.

“The forest service employees are tight,” said Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest acting Forest Supervisor Jake Winn.  “We’re a family of people and losing someone – one of us – hurts.  It hurts us all and you know, we feel that.”

Winn says the flag ceremony, last call on the radio, and a flyover were all done to honor Benjamin’s memory.

Winn says he’s proud to be part of the forest service family that honors its own.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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