A father and two sons who all work as firefighters for West Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters will be recognized Tuesday, May 15, for their efforts to save a Tacoma man who drowned in Lake Steilacoom last month.
Firefighters Jason and Jonathan Tinsley and Capt. Mark Tinsley dove in after 24-year-old Nickolas Munson shortly after arriving on the scene in the early morning hours of April 22. They were able to locate him and bring him to shore, but Munson was pronounced dead at a hospital.
In case you’re wondering, Mark Tinsley is the father of Jason and Jonathan Tinsley. Incidentally, a third brother, Josh, works as a firefighter in DuPont.
But it doesn’t stop there. Mark Tinsley has two brothers with ties to the department. Paul Tinsley is its assistant chief of operations. Bruce Tinsley retired in December as the battalion chief for support services, including management of contractors and buildings.
Jonathan and Jason Tinsley, who are both certified rescue swimmers, will receive valor awards from the department during the regularly scheduled meeting of the fire commissioners. Mark Tinsley, a member of the dive team, will be honored with a merit award.
Jonathan Tinsley was previously recognized for tackling a man who attacked a woman on Halloween night in 2006. He was heading to a movie with his wife and a group of friends when he witnessed the assault on Steilacoom Boulevard.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the fire station located at 5000 Steilacoom Blvd. SW.
In addition, Tillicum resident Judy Vose will be recognized for receiving the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for her role with the department’s Community Emergency Response Team program. The team educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them with basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue and team organization.
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