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News Release
[Corrected Procession Registration Link]: Firefighter Austin Smith Memorial Service - 02/07/22

On Thursday, February 3rd, the St. Paul Fire District as well as other mutual aid partners, 
responded to a reported barn fire at Champoeg Creek and McKay Rd. During firefighting 
efforts, an explosion occurred fatally injuring St. Paul Firefighter Austin Smith.
An Oregon State Fire Marshal incident management team is assisting the St. Paul Fire 
District in planning the memorial.

Memorial Service

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 1 PM PST. The location 
will be at the St. Paul Rodeo grounds, 4174 Malo Ave NE, St Paul, OR 97137. The memorial 
service is open to the public, but as this will be a full firefighter honor memorial service, we 
are expecting a large presence of first responders with many pieces of equipment. A 
procession is planned, and to assist with the coordination of first responders, we ask that if 
your agency is planning to attend, please complete the form at this link 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc171rJWzyj89-CweasaGF8iV6koeue5Hk4HcXzezKr03O7qw/viewform?usp=sf_link by end of day, Tuesday, February 8th. More detail will 
be made available to first responders later this week.

For additional information on the memorial, please follow the social media platform created to support the effort: https://www.facebook.com/Firefighter-Austin-Smith-Memorial-Service-105712598701464


There are several options for donations. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the St. Paul 
Fire District or the GoFundMe account for family expenses is preferred.
St. Paul Fire District
4233 Church Ave NE
P.O. Box 1
St. Paul, OR 97137

Firefighter Austin Smith family expenses GoFundMe page: https://tinyurl.com/2p8z2sy8
Contact Information
Memorial service Public Information Officer: Gert Zoutendijk – (503) 807-8207
St. Paul Fire District Public Information Officer: Mark Daniel – (503) 451-0006
General information and donation information line: (971) 264-1808

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