Gov. Mark Gordon has ordered the U.S. and Wyoming flags be flown at half-staff on Friday to honor the Cody smokejumper who died last week from injuries he sustained while fighting a fire in New Mexico.
Tim Hart was a wildland firefighter based in West Yellowstone, Montana. He was injured May 24 while responding to the Eicks Fire in Hidalgo County, New Mexico. He experienced a hard landing after parachuting into rocky terrain.
“Jennie and I send our deepest condolences to Tim’s family,” Gordon said in a statement. “We acknowledge the commitment of the men and women who fight fires wherever they are needed around the country, and we pray tragedies such as this one never occur.
“The loss of a firefighter impacts the entire community of firefighters and first responders, as well as the community in which they live,” the governor continued. “Wyoming grieves the loss of this fine individual and we are grateful for his service to the state and our country.”
Hart worked as a firefighter on several national forests including the Coconino, the Fremont-Winema and the Shoshone. He became a smokejumper in 2016 and worked in Idaho before he relocated to West Yellowstone.
Hart is survived by his wife, Michelle. A GoFundMe to support his family has been established. It noted his tenacity, grit and subtle sense of humor.
“He will always be thought of with a great degree of fondness by folks who were fortunate enough to make his acquaintance,” a post on the page states. “Tim’s memory and the dedication and tenacity with which he approached each of his endeavors will serve to motivate our future successes.”