Fortuna Fire Chief Speaks Out on Death of Fire Captain Tim Smith
The loss that we feel is extremely hard to put into words but I know I can speak for not only the members of our department but also the entire Humboldt County Fire Service in saying that Tim was one of those “one in a million” that you encounter in your lifetime. We were blessed with his presence here in our Department for 4 ½ years in which time he made an impression unlike no other. You have already heard of his back to back Firefighter of the Year awards, his participation with our local government strike teams, his involvement with and leadership of the Eel River Valley Technical Rescue Team, that he was a lead Instructor for the Eel River Volunteer Fire Academy and of his participation and efforts in the origination of the Bridgeville VFD – all of that only touches the tip of the iceberg.
The rest of the story is the day to day mentoring and training that he did with our younger firefighters, here at the station during trainings, on calls, on strike team and cover assignments – he has made a profound impact on those young people, our future leaders of the fire service. He has taught them a work ethic and a commitment to their community that they will remember and live by for the rest of their careers. And then there are the friendships that have been developed, how could you not appreciate and grow to love someone with such a positive attitude and can-do spirit? Odds were if you asked him to do something, he had probably already completed the task.
It goes without saying that Tim will be missed by us all; his constant smile, his love and dedication to his family, his passion for the fire service, commitment to the communities he served and his friendship. Tim’s memory and spirit will forevermore live on with the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Humboldt County Fire Service.
Captain Tim Smith – Thank you for having been a part of us and rest in peace, we have the remainder of your shift covered.
Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department
A memorial service for Tim has been scheduled for October 9th at the River Lodge in Fortuna, details are pending.
If you would like to make donations in Tim’s memory, a memorial account has been set up at Redwood Capital Bank in Fortuna. Donations may be made there, or at the Fortuna Firehall.
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