Fallen Firefighter Remembered In Rapid City

Aug 9, 2015

Rapid City residents line 5th street as the procession for fallen firefighter Dave Ruhl makes it's way to the Sunday afternoon memorial service.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

A large crowd gathered to remember fallen firefighter Dave Ruhl.  

Rapid City residents lined the streets for a procession and filed into a memorial service at the Civic Center.

Ruhl, was a former member of the Coast Guard who became a Forest Service Firefighter in the Black Hills. 

He was on assignment firefighting in California when he was killed on the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray pulled excerpts from the memorial service.  He put together this short montage of audio including officials, fellow firefighters, and friends talking about the life of Dave Ruhl.

Several memorials have been established in honor of Ruhl.  Donors wishing to support may contribute to:
•    The Wildland Firefighter Foundation, 2049 Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705.
•    Dave Ruhl Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.  Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.
•    Go Fund Me Account.  Donations can be made at  http://www.gofundme.com/8r5wshwxg

You can find audio of the entire memorial service archived here.  Video is set to be added in the coming days.