"Justin Randal Beebe was a man of great character and humbleness. He lost his life on August 13, 2016 while cutting a hazard tree during suppression efforts on the Strawberry Fire, Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, Justin grew up with a strong connection to people and a deep love of the natural world. In high school, he exceeded at soccer, hockey, and sugaring of maple syrup. Justin sought challenges and pushed himself to achieve his goals, becoming a team member of the Lolo Hotshots in 2016. We remember Justin for his quiet and generous nature, a kind and thoughtful manner, an always positive attitude and friendly smile, and that tireless work ethic. He was a simple man with large dreams who will be forever missed by all who knew him."
Tim Laroche and Shawn Faiella
Strawberry Fire Fatality Report
Lolo Interagency Hotshots, Strawberry Fire, GBNP
Lolo and Sacrament IHC, Missoula, MT (2016)
Lolo and Sacrament IHC Reunite, Beeskove Fire, Lolo NF, MT (2019)
Justin Beebe's locker at our "clubhouse", Missoula, MT. Justin will always have a locker...
National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Weekend
National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Statue, Emmitsburg, MD
Justin had a strong love for hockey. Annual "Fire and Ice" game in Missoula, MT (2018) where wildland firefighters play city firefighters. In memory of our fallen brother...
In honor of Justin and his contributions to the Lolo IHC program we created the "Beebe Strong" award to recognize an outstanding temporary employee each season. Justin was a remarkable young man. He worked diligently to become a Lolo Hotshot and teammember. The honoree is chosen by his or her peers and strives to act in accordance with Justin's commitment to being an outstanding hotshot, co worker, and human being.
Beebe Strong Recipients...
2017 Jake Bauer: Jake grew up in Superior, MT and worked for the Superior RD from 2012-14. He arrived at Lolo IHC in (2015-18). Jake has been a primary lead sawyer for 2-seasons and is honored and extremely humbled to be the first recipient of the Beebe strong award. "Through this award and the memories we have of Justin, his presence with us and all Lolo hotshots will not be forgotten."
2018 Kevin Ryan: Kevin grew up and graduated high school in Superior, MT. After high school he worked in the timber industry as a sawyer, mill worker, and heavy equipment operator. In 2014, Kevin began working for the Forest Service at the Superior RD, Lolo NF on the fuels crew, gaining experience in fuels, prescribed and wildfire. He arrived at Lolo IHC (2017-18) operating as a lead sawyer. He was presented the Beebe Strong Award in 2018, “words cannot explain how much of a humbling experience it was to accept that from my peers.”
2019 Martin Norment: Martin, or “Marty,” grew up in upstate New York, attended college at State University of New York The College at Brockport, and spent six years in the US Army Reserve. In 2015 he worked for the Student Conservation Association on a veteran fire crew on the Big Horn National Forest in Wyoming. In 2017 Martin accepted a position on Lolo IHC and in 2019 operated as lead sawyer. His seniors and peers selected him for the 2019 Beebe Strong Award, “I am extremely fortunate to have found such a fulfilling organization to be a part of. I am honored to receive the Beebe Strong Award and will strive carry on Justin’s memory.”