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Ceremony Wednesday to Honor State Firefighter Lost in 2011 Coal Canyon Fire





 

For Immediate Release: Friday, Aug. 6, 2021

Media Con: Jeni Lawver, 605-381-7232

 

Ceremony Wednesday to Honor State Firefighter Lost in 2011 Coal Canyon Fire

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A memorial ceremony is Wednesday, Aug. 11, to honor South Dakota Wildland Fire’s Trampus Haskvitz, a state firefighter who died in the 2011 Coal Canyon Fire, that occurred in the Black Hills.

 

Wednesday is the 10-year anniversary of when Haskvitz of Hot Springs, S.D., died while conducting fire suppression efforts north of Edgemont. The fire eventually burned 5,214 acres and injured four other firefighters.

 

“This is a tragic reminder of the price paid by firefighters in keeping the rest of us safe,” said Gov. Kristi Noem. “This is an opportunity for us to not only honor Trampus for his sacrifice, but that of his family as well.”

 

A plaque honoring Haskvitz will be unveiled during the ceremony which starts at 10 a.m. MDT at the intersection of Elbow Canyon Road and Coal Canyon Road, 10 miles north of Edgemont. In case of inclement weather, the memorial will take place at the Mueller Civic Center in Hot Springs.

 

South Dakota Wildland Fire, in conjunction with Black Hills National Forest, is hosting the ceremony. South Dakota Wildland Fire is part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

 

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