A Loyal Friend And Loving Father…
Rhett Larsen, 39, was a loving father, husband, and worked as a Fire Engineer with the City of Bend Fire Department.
On the evening of Saturday, June 2, Rhett was off-duty, returning home to Bend from Portland on his motorcycle when, at Milepost 80, a large bear crossed directly in front of him. The impact with the bear drove Rhett into oncoming traffic. Rhett was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bringing Rhett Home…
A big thank you to all the agencies that were involved in bringing Rhett Larsen back to Bend, Oregon. Thanks to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Bend Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue, Sunriver Fire & Rescue, Alfalfa Fire and LaPine Fire.
Procession escorts fallen Bend firefighter home
Bend firefighter dies after his motorcycle hits a bear
Off-duty Bend firefighter dies in crash with bear
Off-duty firefighter from Bend dies in motorcycle crash with bear, SUV in central Oregon
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Deschutes County Fairgrounds, First Interstate Bank Building
Seating begins at 1PM, Ceremony starts at 3PM
Class A’s/Class B’s or civilian clothing
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Last night, the Bend Fire Department suffered a tragic loss. Rhett Larsen, a BFD engineer, was killed in an off duty traffic accident while traveling on HWY 26, he is survived by his family. Rhett was not only an exceptional firefighter, he was a loyal friend, respected mentor, and loving father. The loss of such […]
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