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  • Tragedy takes six locals' lives

    A half-dozen firefighters from Jackson and Josephine counties are missing, presumed dead
  • Six of the firefighters presumed dead following the crash of a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter Tuesday evening in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are from Jackson and Josephine counties.
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      The 13 people aboard the Sikorsky helicopter which crashed Tuesday in Northern California include:
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      • William Coultas, 44, of Cave Junction, in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center.
      • Roark Schwanenberg, 55, of Lostine, missing and presumed dead.




      Grayback firefighters who survived:

      • Michael Brown, 20, of Medford, in fair condition at UC Davis.
      • Jonathan Frohreich, 18, of Medford, in critical condition at UC Davis.
      • Richard Schroeder, 42, of Medford, in serious condition at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.




      Grayback firefighters missing and presumed dead:

      • Shawn Blazer, 30, of Medford.
      • Scott Charlson, 25, of Phoenix.
      • Matthew Hammer, 23, of Grants Pass.
      • Edrik Gomez, 19, of Ashland.
      • Bryan Rich, 29, of Medford.
      • David Steele, 19, of Ashland.




      The name of a seventh Grayback firefighter missing and presumed dead has not been released because his family has not been notified.

      A U.S. Forest Service flight expert on the aircraft is also missing and presumed dead. His identity has not been released by the agency.
  • Six of the firefighters presumed dead following the crash of a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter Tuesday evening in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are from Jackson and Josephine counties.
    Grayback Forestry Inc., which has offices in Central Point and Merlin, released the names of the six employees late Thursday.
    They include Shawn Blazer, 30, of Medford; Scott Charlson, 25, of Phoenix; Matthew Hammer, 23, of Grants Pass; Edrik Gomez, 19, of Ashland; Bryan Rich, 29, of Medford; and David Steele, 19, of Ashland.
    Grayback has not yet released the name of a seventh firefighter feared killed in the crash, pending notification of next of kin.
    Three other Grayback firefighters from Medford survived the crash along with a copilot from Cave Junction. All four are being treated in California hospitals.
    "We are devastated by this," said Grayback owner Mike Wheelock in a prepared statement.
    "We train long and hard to make sure our crews are safe on the fire line. This kind of tragedy is something you just can't plan for."
    Grayback firefighters Michael Brown, 20, and Jonathan Frohreich, 18, both of Medford, were recovering in the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Medford resident Rick Schroeder, 42, is in Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
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