Aerial Firefighting Air Tanker 11 Memorial


Mar 3, 2013
This was close to home......and these people protect all that BCP'ers hold close. Nick, if this isn't appropriate you can take it off....I understand....

On June 03, 2012, tragedy struck the fire and aviation community. The Missoula-based Tanker 11 piloted by Captain Todd Neal Tompkins, 48, of Boise, Idaho and Co-Pilot Ronnie Edwin Chambless, 40, of Boise, Idaho had working on the east flank of the White Rock Fire on the Utah-Nevada border west of Cedar City, Utah. Tanker 11 was on approach for the second retardant drop of the day on our Division, when it crashed. Neither pilot survived.
The Lone Peak Hotshot crew, from Draper, Utah is leading the effort to raise funds for a memorial to honor both Todd and Ronnie. We will facilitate the tribute and will provide the bulk of the hard labor necessary to install the memorial and improve the site. Two 5' tall granite Obelisks engraved with the names of the two fallen comrades, and featuring a color image of Tanker 11 will be placed at the crash site.
I know each year we all are asked to donate in some way to memorials and those in time of need. If you are in a position to be able to help with a donation for this memorial, it would be greatly appreciated. If at the least you could pass this message on to other, that would be of tremendous help as well.
The fundraising page can be found at

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