Commissioner Franz Statement Regarding the Death of Firefighter Christian Johnson
News Date: 
October 3, 2019

Johnson died from injuries sustained last month in the Spring Coulee Fire

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz this morning issued the following statement regarding the death of Assistant Chief Christian Johnson, an Okanogan Fire District 3 firefighter injured in the line of duty last month:
"Everyone at DNR is holding the family of Assistant Chief Christian Johnson in our hearts. Christian, an Army veteran and a member of Okanogan County Fire District 3, is a hero. He sustained severe burns last month while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan and was placed in a medically induced coma.
"I cannot imagine how difficult and heart wrenching this time has been for his family. Even though Christian was not a DNR firefighter, we consider him one of our own, and his family, friends, and colleagues are in our prayers."
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Carlo Davis
Communications Director