Assistant Fire Chief Christian Dean Johnson, 55, died Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he had spent the last month in intensive care trying to recover from the fire that left much of his body burned. The Spring Coulee Fire started on the evening on Sept. 1 south of Okanogan. Johnson, a volunteer assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District 3, was in a brush truck with another firefighter on the north end of the fire when fire overtook them. The other Firefighter outran the fire, but came back, treated Chief
Chief Johnson served in the military and became a volunteer Firefighter with Okanogan County 20 years ago. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, Washington Wildland Fire Foundation or the Red Cross. Chief Johnson’s celebration of life will be announced once arrangements have been finalized, and we’ll get that out on TSL.
The house, which is in the area of Whittaker and Mullane Street in southwest Detroit, is believed to have been vacant. 3 Firefighters were inside the house when its upper leve collapsed and at least 2 other Firefighters were affected by smoke inhalation and are being treated.
One Firefighter is in the hospital for burn treatment, the others have been released.