Memorial service Thursday will celebrate the life of veteran firefighter

A memorial service and procession on Thursday will celebrate the life of a veteran firefighter who died after being burned while protecting his community.

Okanogan County Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson passed away earlier this month from injuries he sustained while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire on September 1.

A procession of law enforcement vehicles and first responders will leave the Okanogan County Fairgrounds at 10:15 Thursday morning. The procession will head north to Omak then return to the fairgrounds around 11:00 a.m.

The public is invited to line up along the route, which can be viewed here. Supporters are asked to stay clear of the road and off SR 97 overpasses.

READ: Veteran firefighter burned in Spring Coulee Fire passes away

Johnson’s memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex, located at 175 Rodeo Trail.

Johnson served with the Okanogan Fire Department for 20 years. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army before his time as a firefighter and was deployed with the Washington State National Guard in Baghdad in 2003.

Johnson retired from the military after 22 years of service and then started his career with the fire department.