Gary Swanson, who did our sanctuary’s beautiful stained glass window, is also an active firefighter (retired from fire chief) in Gates. At the beginning of the Labor Day fires, he worked a 41-hour shift saving houses in Gates and Mill City — while his own house burned down. He has written a moving, inspiring, and upbeat account (ten pages) that will be excerpted and summarized in our October newsletter.
Upon request, he also suggested donations to assist people who have lost their homes be sent to Jack Carriger, Gates Fire Department, 1988 W Ida, Stayton, OR 97383. We can send donations “in honor of Gary Swanson”. Click here for more specific donation information.