Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Flags at half staff in honor of fallen firefighter

July 28, 2008, 9:00 am
In honor of Andy Palmer, the wildland firefighter from Washington state who died this week fighting a fire in California, flags at National Park Service areas throughout the agency's Pacific West Region will fly at half staff. Palmer, 18, of Port Townsend, was hired in June as a wildland firefighter at Olympic National Park. On Tuesday, Palmer's crew was dispatched to help fight a fire in California's Shasta-Trinity National Forest. On their first day on the line, Palmer was struck by a falling tree and died.