August 20, 2015

Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler - Firefighters killed - horrific fire in Washington State

Tom Zbyszewski, age 20, Andrew Zajac, age 26 and Richard Wheeler, age 31, died in the line of duty on August 19, 2015, on a roadway northeast of Seattle, Washington. 

These men were working with the U.S. Forest Service. 

Andrew Zajac (L); Tom Zbyszewski (R)
As of this date, a huge fire is raging in Okanogan County, Washington. The fire grew from 1,500 acres on August 19, 2015 to 16,000 acres on August 20, 2015. 

Tragically, three firefighters died in the fight against this fire.  Details are not confirmed but it appears that a number of men were fleeing from a fire zone when their vehicle crashed.  The firefighters were stranded in the middle of a wild fire.

Three of them succumbed to smoke and flames at the scene. 

Tragically deceased are:

Tom Zbyszewski, age 20
Andrew Zajac, age 26
Richard Wheeler, age 31
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Tom,
Andrew and Richard, and
for those who have lost them.

Four other firefighters were injured, including one man, Daniel Lyon, age 25, who was critically burned. 

The United States Forest Service is in mourning over the deaths of their young brothers. They will be forever remembered. 

Their loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They will be forever mourned.

Tom, Andrew and Richard are survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss them. 

Oceans of tears will be shed for these men. 

Thank you for your service to Washington, Tom, Andrew and Richard. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Pray for the recovery of Daniel Lyon and all who were injured in this tragic incident. 

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