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.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 1 PM. 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, directors are expecting a large presence of first responders with many pieces of equipment.
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