Donations pour in for wildland firefighters
By Karen McLean
SPEEA publications editor
When SPEEA Everett C o u n c i l R e p Reagan Roth delivered hundreds of pounds of
donated snacks and supplies to
Washington state wildland firefighters, it was hard to know
who was more surprised (and
Okanagan Fire Chief Jerod
Gavin was thrilled and happy
to help distribute the boxes of
energy bars and other snacks to
the firefighter camps in the area.
“He was in awe of how much
people cared,” said Roth. She
was too, when she found out
members’ contributions added
up to more than 1,000 pounds.
“It is wonderful what one can do,” she said,
“but we can be truly amazing when we band
Roth started the ball rolling to collect donations
at SPEEA after talking to her brother, Rob Lee,
a Duvall, Wash., firefighter who went to help
battle the worst blazes in Washington state history. Lee shared how hard it was for the firefighters to keep up their energy level between meals
at the camp. Her nephew, Marcus Enick, is a
hotshot firefighter who also participated in epic
battles, including the Cougar Creek fire, near
Roth had the idea of donating energy bars, chips,
cookies and other items to give them something
they can eat to keep their energy going. She
asked for SPEEA’s help in case others wanted
to contribute. She offered to drive the items
directly to the camps. When she made the
delivery, they steered her to the Okanagan Fire
Department to ensure the items were evenly
Everett Area Rep Jim Byers also volunteered
to deliver supplies donated by
SPEEA members. He went to
the Entiat Valley Community
Services Food Bank, across the
road from the Entiat Hotshot/
Byers made the trip to “connect
the dots between people who are
donating time and the people
who can donate resources,” he
said, thanking everyone who
helped the firefighters and residents affected.
“It was fun for my 11-year-old
daughter to see the generosity
from those who gave,” Byers
said. “When she asked me what
SPEEA was, I told her it was
a lot of good people working
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Marcus Enick is one of the hotshot
firefighters at Cougar Creek. The fire,
caused by lightning strike, has been