Memorial for Cody Smokejumper Saturday, June 12, at Cody High School

Memorial for Cody Smokejumper Saturday, June 12, at Cody High School

Written by on June 11, 2021

The memorial service honoring Tim Hart, the smokejumper who died while responding to the Eicks Fire in New Mexico, will be held on Saturday, June 12

The service will be held on the Spike Vannoy Field at Cody High School at 920 Beck Avenue, Cody, Wyoming starting at 11:00 a.m. MDT. The football stadium will open at 10:00 a.m. MDT for those attending to begin arriving.

The memorial for Tim Hart will include remarks by Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Cody Mayor Matt Hall, and family. There will be flag presentations and several other traditions performed by the Forest Service Honor Guard and fire personnel.

Tim grew up in Zion, Illinois, and lived in Cody, Wyoming, with his wife Michelle and their dog Dash. Tim was an Engine Crew Member on the Coconino, Fremont-Winema, and Shoshone National Forests during his firefighting career. In addition, he was a Lead Firefighter on the Asheville and Ruby Mountain Hotshot Crews. He moved to Grangeville, Idaho, as a Rookie Smokejumper in 2016. In 2019, he transitioned to West Yellowstone and the Custer Gallatin Forest, first as a Squad Leader and then as a Spotter.

Flags will be flown at half-mast throughout Wyoming on Friday, June 11, from sunrise to sunset in Hart’s honor.

“We are feeling profound loss with Tim’s passing – particularly our smokejumper and firefighting communities,” said Kathy Minor, Acting Custer Gallatin National Forest Supervisor. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim’s family and friends during this very difficult time. Tim’s thorough approach, kindness, sense of humor, love of music, and leadership in the smokejumping community will be very deeply missed but never forgotten.”

A Blogspot has been created for those who would like to share condolences with Tim’s family. Condolences can also be mailed to Tim Hart’s family, c/o Shoshone Forest Supervisor’s Office, 808 Meadow Lane, Cody, WY 82414.

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