The memorial for Tom Zbyszewski, who died at age 20 fighting the Twisp River Fire, drew 1,000 people to Liberty Bell High School in the Methow Valley to honor his memory and celebrate his life. Friends, relatives and teachers remembered Tom as a thinker and a leader who had great empathy for others at the Sept. 6, 2015 memorial. He loved learning, acting, making people laugh – and firefighting. “He always lifted people up,” a close friend told the gathering.
Tom and two other firefighters with the U.S. Forest Service died Aug. 19 just hours after the fire erupted; another firefighter was severely burned, and three others suffered less-serious burns.
For more information on the death of the three firefighters, see our earlier article, Forest Service releases information about firefighter deaths.
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