Dave Ruhl Memorial Fund
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Forest Service officials say Engine Captain Dave Ruhl of Rapid City was killed in the line of duty in California. They say Ruhl was responding to the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest near Alturas, California.
They say a search and rescue effort began Thursday night when contact could not be made with Ruhl. His body was found and identified Friday morning.
The Forest Service says Ruhl’s permanent position was that of an Engine Captain for the Mystic Ranger District here in the Black Hills. He was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest where he had been serving as an assistant fire management officer since mid June.
In a release, Black Hills Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien says, “Our hearts are heavy for Dave, Dave’s family, friends, the entire Forest Service and the wildland fire community.”
A procession and memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015.
The procession will begin 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.
Visitation will be at 2 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701, followed by a memorial service which will begin at 3 pm.
Dave's funeral will be held Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at 10.