Ranger honored for 2020 fire heroism


January 12, 2022

Scott Swanson

County commissioner Will Tucker, right, and former Sheriff Jim Yon, center left, present awards to District Ranger Nikki Swanson in a somewhat impromptu ceremony at Sweet Home Ranger District. At left is City Councior Angelita Sanchez.

Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker has a beef with U.S. Forest Service leaders, so he took it last week to Sweet Home District Ranger Nikki Swanson. 

But not in the way that sounds. 

Tucker organized a Jan. 4 meeting with Swanson, newly retired Sheriff Jim Yon and Sweet Home City Councilwoman Angelita Sanchez at the Sweet Home Ranger Station. 

The purpose? To honor Swanson for what, Tucker says, was "heroism" as she dealt with forest fires on Labor Day weekend of 2020. 

Two fires had been burning since August of that year northeast of Sweet Home: the Beachie Creek Fire in the Opal Cre...

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