Council honors fallen firefighter, salutes first responders


August 17, 2022

Bill Reynolds

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN FIREFIGHER – Town officials accept plaque honoring fallen firefighter and town marshal John Hilsinger, who died by electrocution fighting a fire here in 1945. Front row: Sgt. Beau Montgomery, Mayor Ramon Hayes, Councilmembers Annie Taylor and Mary Wohleb. Rear: Councilmembers Ivan Carlson, Rick Dole and Fire Chief Aaron Reinstra.

The La Conner Town Council joined Mayor Ramon Hayes and fire chief and code enforcement officer Aaron Reinstra in accepting a plaque honoring fallen La Conner firefighter and Town Marshal John Hilsinger during their Aug. 9 meeting.

Hilsinger died by electrocution while fighting a blaze at the old La Conner Shingle Mill north of town in July 1945. He was just 41 years old.

Sgt. Beau Montgomery, Skagit County Sheriff's Office La Conner detachment administrator, made the presentation.

Montgomery said the plaque is part of a project undertaken by Sheriff Don McDermott to honor those who have h...

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