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Last night, the Bend Fire Department (BFD) suffered a tragic loss. Rhett Larsen, a BFD engineer, was killed in an off-duty traffic accident while traveling on Hwy 26. Preliminary investigation shows that Rhett was traveling eastbound when a large bear ran into his path. He was unable to avoid the bear and struck the bear causing him to be thrown from his motorcycle. Rhett was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The following is a note from Bend Firefighters, Local 227:
‘Rhett was not only an exceptional firefighter, he was a loyal friend, respected mentor, and loving father. The loss of such a fun-loving, energetic soul is felt deeply by both the Bend Fire Department and the Bend community.’
Oregon State Firefighters Council is working closely with Bend Firefighters on arrangements for Rhett’s service.