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Commissioners honor fire hero

Lt. Charles DeJesus of the Salvation Army was honored Tuesday morning by Salem-based Bolante.net for his dedication to feeding families displaced by last September’s wildfires, first at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center and then for many weeks delivering meals daily in the Santiam Canyon.

Dr. Rebecca Bolante presented DeJesus with a plaque crafted from ashes recovered from the canyon fire.

Commissioner Will Tucker praised DeJesus for his commitment to feeding more than 700 people who spent a week at a temporary shelter set up at the fairgrounds.

He and others provided more than 7,700 me...