Braden A S Hegewald

Home Valley, Washington

May 12, 2020

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Army  

Army Reserve

31B Military Police

Fort Lewis, WA


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Skamania Fire District 1
May 17 at 8:22 AM · 
As our fire district and community mourn the loss of one of our own volunteer firefighters, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on the impact Braden Hegewald had on this Earth in his short 21 years of life. Braden's level of commitment to serving his country and community was unwavering. Braden joined Skamania County Fire District 1 in 2015 at the age of 16. From the day he stepped boot in Station 1-1, Braden's humble yet powerful presence set a standard amongst his peers that set precedence in the volunteer firefighting community, and will for many years to come. Braden proved his level of dedication by applying his entire self to the Army Reserves, SCFD1, Wind River/SCSO Search and Rescue and the SCSO Explorers Program, all while working at jobs harder than the rest.
In April of 2020, there was an article published titled '10 traits of all great firefighters'. Those 10 traits are listed as follows: 1. Integrity 2. Physical fitness 3. Communication 4. Adaptability 5. Dedication 6. Team player 7. Mechanical aptitude 8. Public-image conscious 9. Tolerance 10. Self-sacrifice. The fire service seeks those who exhibit volunteer spirit and people who are involved in their communities because they want to be, surly not for self benefit. These are rare and unique traits that describe precisely who Braden was. 
Braden was respected and admired by all who knew him, young and old, and will forever ride in the hearts of his brother and sister firefighters of Skamania County Fire District 1. We know the fish and game will be abundant in the hills of Heaven. Our hearts go out to Braden's family.

From The Hood River News 05/13/20

Fatal motor vehicle collision May 12 near Carson 
May 13, 2020

On Tuesday, May 12 at approximately 7:28 p.m., The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious injury motor vehicle collision at milepost 5 on the USFS 65 road, 15 miles north of Carson.
The caller reported a vehicle swerved off the paved roadway and was 50 yards down an embankment. Skamania County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with Skamania County EMS and Skamania County Fire District 2 personnel, responded. The driver, Braden Allen Scott Hegewald, 21, of Home Valley, Wash., died at the scene.
The investigation is on-going; however, the initial information obtained at the scene was Hegewald, the lone occupant in a 1995 GMC Sierra truck, was southbound on the USFS 65 Road near milepost 5, encountered a northbound vehicle on a sharp corner. It appears Hegewald was unable to negotiate the corner, left the roadway, and was ejected from his vehicle.

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