Rapid City, SD – Black Hills National Forest Engine Captain David Ruhl has returned home with his family in Rapid City. Ruhl died while engaged in initial attack on the Frog Fire in California on July 31.
A procession will be held on Sunday, August 9th starting at 1 p.m. from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 520 Cathedral Drive in Rapid City to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The route will go north along 5th Street and conclude in the west parking lot of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. David will be accompanied by engines from the Black Hills National Forest and will be joined by numerous other fire departments along the journey. The public is invited to pay their respects along the route.
Visitation will follow the procession at 2 p.m. in the Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701, followed by a memorial service which will begin at 3 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
The memorial service will be streamed live over the web on South Dakota Public Broadcasting at www.sdpb.org/live
Ruhl’s funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help followed by interment at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
Several memorials have been established in honor of Ruhl. Donors wishing to support may contribute to:
· The Wildland Firefighter Foundation, 2049 Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705.
· Dave Ruhl Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.
· Go Fund Me Account. Donations can be made at http://www.gofundme.com/8r5wshwxg
Ruhl was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest in Adin, California, as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14. Dave’s permanent position was Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.