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Early morning RV Fire under investigation (Photo) - 09/16/21

Kelso, WA- Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Cowlitz Fire District 6 (Castle Rock) responded to an RV fire at 1512 West Side Hwy just after 2:30 am.  Fire crews reported a 5th wheel and a passenger truck fully involved when they arrived on scene.  Firefighters knocked the fire down in under 15 minutes from arrival.  One adult female perished in the fire; the identity of the woman has not been released by authorities.  Three engines and three Chief Officers responded to the incident.  Cowlitz County Public Utilities District and Cowlitz County Sheriff Deputies also responded to the incident.  Fire authorities consider the RV and the truck a total loss.  The cause of the incident is under investigation in coordination with Cowlitz County Sheriff's office.  

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Early 9/11 memorial ceremony continues in Kelso, Wa - 09/10/21

Kelso, WA - Those lost as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be remembered and honored at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's memorial located at 701 Vine Street in Kelso on September 11th this Friday. The South Tower of the World Trade Center fell at 9:59 Eastern Standard Time.  The North tower collapsed at 10:28.  This ceremony memorializes the loss at the actual time and begins at 6:45 am.  Each year, since 2001, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue's Honor Guard has raised the American Flag and then lowered it to half-staff while Fire Chief, now Scott Neves, speaks.  The public is invited to observe the ceremony remotely via our social media.

Chief Neves comments on the annual remembrance and the early start time, “We will continue to honor the sacrifice that was made and continues to be made by emergency services across this country. We specifically want to honor the 412 emergency workers that died on September 11, 2001, and the hundreds that have died since that date due to 9/11 related illnesses.”

 

A steel artifact from the World Trade Center, released by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, is the centerpiece of the memorial.  Only 1,000 steel artifacts have been released for memorials throughout the United States.  Development of the memorial began in the Fall of 2009 by Cowlitz 2 Firefighter Brad Yoder and a number of high school fire cadets.  The memorial is always open to the public to remember or to "never forget".