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Tag: South King Fire & Rescue


Man, 19, in critical condition after being pulled from Lake Easter in Federal Way

A 19-year-old man is in critical condition and is on his way to a Seattle hospital after rescue crews pulled him from Lake Easter in Federal Way, South King Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Gordon Olson said.

A witness told crews that the man took off his shirt and entered the water of the private, residential lake.

“We don’t know yet why or what conditions caused him to start struggling, but she called 911 and we responded,” Olson said from the scene just after 4 p.m.

South King surface water rescue swimmers searched the lake and brought the man to

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Volunteer firefighter grocery shopping helps evacuate Federal Way restaurant on fire

Volunteer firefighter Eric Forsythe was grocery shopping Tuesday night when he heard workers at the store talking about smoke outside.

He ran out the door, saw the exterior of the neighboring Kum Kang San Buffet was on fire, and rushed inside to evacuate the building, where people eating had no idea about the flames.

“I told (my wife): ‘I’ll be back in a second,’ and she kept on shopping, probably not realizing what I was doing, because she probably would have been upset with me,” he said. “But it’s what we do.”

Forsythe has been a volunteer firefighter at

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Federal Way school bus-car crash sends one student to hospital with minor injuries

UPDATE as of 4:40 p.m. from Federal Way police: The crash was a head-on collision between the bus and a black Honda Civic. The two adults in the car were also taken to the hospital with injuries. There were 51 students on the bus.

The adults suffered minor injuries, according to South King Fire & Rescue.

INITIAL POST: One student is being transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a school bus-car crash in Federal Way, according to South King Fire & Rescue.

The crash happened in the 29500 block of 9th Avenue South about 2:50 p.m.

The bus

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Boy, 15, pulled from Steel Lake later dies, vigil scheduled for tonight

A 15-year-old boy who was pulled from Steel Lake in Federal Way Sunday later died at the hospital, according to South King Fire and Rescue spokesman Gordie Olson.

The boy has not yet been identified by medical examiners.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at Federal Way High School, where the boy was a student, the Federal Way Mirror reports.


South King firefighter dies from cancer, to be honored as Line of Duty Death

Former firefighter John Moncrief, 59, died from cancer late Saturday night, which South King Fire and Rescue said will be recognized as a Line of Duty Death.

The cancer was the result of exposure to combustion-related toxins throughout Moncrief’s 22-year career, South King fire said.

He retired in 2011 and was diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer several months later.

South King firefighters had a blood drive to support Moncrief earlier this month, to replace blood transfusions needed for Moncrief’s treatment.

He was an excellent teacher and was respected by those at his South Des Moines station, as well as surrounding departments, South King fire said in

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Blood drive to be held Thursday to support retired firefighter diagnosed with cancer

Firefighters will hold a blood drive this Thursday to support a retired coworker who was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Part of firefighter John Moncrief’s treatment required blood transfusions, which South King Fire and Rescue workers hope to replace with the drive.

Moncrief was diagnosed months after retiring from a roughly 25-year career.

The event will be at the organization’s headquarters, Station 62.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 206-228-4081.


Flames, smoke damage Federal Way apartment

South King Fire & Rescue crews were sifting through a Federal Way apartment to see what sparked a fire early today.

Firefighters were sent to the The Cove Apartments, 120 S.W. 332nd St., about 5 a.m., said department spokeswoman Donna Conner.  The occupants of the apartment were outside when firefighters arrived five minutes later.

Flames were showing from the apartment. Firefighters were able to douse the blaze in about 30 minutes.

Conner said the apartment sustained extensive heat and smoke damage.

No injuries were reported.