BIRMINGHAM, AL -- A Smokejumper from Redmond has died following a November accident in Alabama. Ray Rubio died Monday. The 52-year-old fell over a rail into a parking garage on November 23 while on his way to a Birmingham hotel. He fell 15 feet hitting his head.
Rubio was deployed to Alabama to help with large fires in the region. He was staying overnight in Birmingham on his way back home.
Governor Brown called the loss of the Oregon native and Army veteran heartbreaking and says he will be remembered as a loving husband and father who dedicated his life to service.