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  • 03/16/2016
  • Krs Evans

Hey Guys-

Haven’t done a “Shameless Promotion” of myself in a while, but I thought it’s about time to “get the word out” again, so…

In 2001 I was “That Guy the Tree Fell On…”

I was a sawyer on Plumas IHC- we were on a fire & a 67′ Black Locust came out of the burn & got me over the head. I obviously lived, but 30+ rib breaks, a broken back & a lacerated spleen put me in 3 different hospitals over 6 months, and now I’ll be riding a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

As “That Guy” I have about a 2 hour powerpoint based speech- It’s a bunch of pictures of my life starting with my first fire, going through the injury & the changes to my life that caused and finishing up with what I’m doing now.

You can read about how that all started at http://krstofer.org

So. Looking for something to raise snag awareness this spring? From what I hear I can be effective.


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  1. Your name...
    March 19, 2016 Reply

    If you haven’t heard this mans presentation you need to. He offers up a perspective most have no insight into and really lays out what can be the realities of this job. He made an unmistakable impression on me and other crew members after he was finished. Hope all is well kris and thanks for coming back “home” last year and talking to your fellow hotshots.

  2. Ron Angel
    April 15, 2016 Reply

    I’d like to hear about your dealings with federal OWCP concerning your injuries. I’ve been dealing with them non stop since 1998 with my own injuries and helping others. Since they are the only accident insurance that doesn’t accept back injuries, brain injuries or heart injuries for settlement I’m assuming you never got any compensation for your back, not that any amount would be enough. Was the process smooth or adversarial? It’s great that you’re trying to help prevent future injuries, but we have to do something about the system that is supposed to help when they do get hurt. Just before I retired i tried unsuccessfully to help a FF from R6 that got run over by a dozer in Texas and lived. OWCP really screwed him.

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