PHOENIX (AP) - A firefighter widely credited with helping save
Show Low from the ravages of last year's Rodeo-Chediski fire died
Thursday of injuries suffered in a prescribed burn.
Rick Lupe, 43, had been hospitalized for more than a month after
he suffered third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body during a
prescribed burn operation near Whiteriver on the Fort Apache Indian

Among Mr. Lupe’s survivors are his wife, Evelyn, and three sons, Sean, Daniel and Brent.

I extend my sincere condolences to Rick's family, friends and fellow firefighters. May our dear brother rest in everlasting peace!

Ed Seifert
Oakland, NJ
New Jersey Forest Fire

Donations for the Lupe family are being accepted through accounts set up at Wells Fargo Bank, account 3828332563, or Arizona Federal Credit Union, account 468902.