On June 03, 2012, tragedy struck the fire and aviation community. The Missoula-based Tanker 11 piloted by Captain Todd Neal Tompkins, 48, of Boise, Idaho and Co-Pilot Ronnie Edwin Chambless, 40, of Boise, Idaho had been working on the east flank of the White Rock Fire on the Utah-Nevada border west of Cedar City, Utah. Tanker 11 was on approach for the second retardant drop of the day on our Division, when it crashed. Neither pilot survived.
The Lone Peak Hotshots are leading the effort to raise funds for a memorial to honor both Todd and Ronnie. We will facilitate the tribute and will provide the bulk of the hard labor necessary to install the memorial and improve the site. Two 5′ tall granite Obelisks engraved with the names of the two fallen comrades, and featuring a color image of Tanker 11 will be placed at the crash site.
I know each year we all are asked to donate in some way to memorials and those in time of need. If you are in a position to be able to help with a monetary donation for this memorial, it would be greatly appreciated. If at the least you could pass this message on to others that would be of tremendous help as well.
The fundraising page can be found at www.youcaring.com/tanker11
Thank you for your time,
Lone Peak IHC, Supt.
(801) 232-7102 cell
(801) 571-0468 fax