Fires have been ravaging the Pacific northwest for the better part of the last month. Last week, a tragedy occurred, however–that was more of a freak accident.
The Los Padres National Forest announced at the end of last month that Santa Lucia District Battalion Chief Gary Helming was tragically killed in a crash while returning home from fighting the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest.
The crash happened just before 8:30 a.m. on Highway 41, south of Highway 33 in Kings County.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the 47-year-old died when his vehicle was hit head-on by another car that blew a tire. The driver of the other vehicle suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to a local hospital.
He began his career with the Forest Service 22 years ago. He is survived by a wife and three children.
Please, will you send prayers for this very brave man?
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”