User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


59° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

SD Firefighter Died A 'Hero'

August 12, 2011, 12:50 PM by Austin Hoffman

SD Firefighter Died A 'Hero'
Trampus Haskvitz

RAPID CITY, SD - A firefighter has died and four others were injured while battling the Coal Canyon Fire Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials say it happened on U.S. Forest Service land nine miles north of Edgemont.

South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division Director Joe Lowe said the men came in on a mid-slope road and the fire was up the hill from them on the initial attack. He says it was windy and an ember went up in the air and started a fire downhill from the men. The flames then grew to two large fires and surrounded them by fire and blocked their exit.

Firefighter Trampus Haskvitz, 23, of Hot Springs died from his injuries.

Firefighter Austin Whitney, 20, has burns on his arms and third degree burns on his hands and neck. He was treated in Rapid City before being transported to the burn center in Greely, Colorado.

Firefighter Kevin Fees, 20, has minor burns on his hands and neck has already been released from the hospital. He's expected to make a full recovery.

Lowe says you can't ask more from a public servant than to give their life for what they do.

"In this case, some came and some gave all. And in this case Trampus gave all. He'll die a hero. He will always be remembered by the fire service community here," Lowe said.

Two other federal firefighters were also hurt but their names and details on their injuries have not been released.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

16-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teen Found

9/15/2014 10:53 AM

According to Sioux Falls Police, 16-year-old Piper Hyser was found Sunday afternoon.

Full Story
Vikings' Peterson Indicted For 'Reckless Or Negligent Injury To A Child'

9/12/2014 4:14 PM

According to reports, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for ‘reckless or negligent injury to a child.&rs...

Full Story
Sioux Falls Officer Injured In Vehicle Crash

9/12/2014 10:55 AM

A Sioux Falls Police Officer was taken to the hospital by ambulance after a crash on his motorcycle this morning.

Full Story
Freeman Forfeits But Fights On

9/11/2014 10:00 PM

It looks like business as usual for the Freeman Flyers, running through drills and working on technique, but this week is anything but.

Full Story | Watch
Adrian Peterson Turns Himself In

9/13/2014 7:09 AM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to authorities in Texas Saturday morning after he was indicted by a grand jury for ch...

Full Story


Events