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I am the cousin of Donald Hyde who just had a fire station named after him in April in Fairbanks Alaska. I would be interested in providing more information about him to that community and also I would be interested in comments people posted. I see now that this is a very large organization so perhaps it is better if I go through the local fire department. What do you think?

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At 3:44pm on April 13, 2011, Nick Wood said…

Hi Elizabeth, I work with the Fort Wainwright Fire Dept. with Brad and would love to talk with you soon about Donald Hyde.  We started having a memorial day for him every April 27 a few years back.  We celebrate with a BBQ, moment of silence and bell ringing.  Any how, this year marks the 40th anniversary and if you could talk with me over the phone I could tell you more about it.  I'm not very active on this site but your welcome to email me at and I can get back with you soon.  I'm very excited we have been able to find a relative of Donald Hyde, we've been looking for years!


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At 6:12pm on January 14, 2011, Brad Hoff said…

That would be awesome so we can put it in the dayroom. It's Bldg. 1060 Gaffney Rd. # 3800 Ft. Wainwright Alaska 99703. I also have a picture of the newspaper article. I believe this is an article from the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer I also took video of a friend of Donalds whom we met last summer on a wildland mission talking about the fire that day in 1971.

At 11:56am on January 12, 2011, Brad Hoff said…



Thanks so much to you for the pictures of your cousin Donald. Many of us now can put a face to  our brother who left very large boots to fill for his heroic acts here on Ft. Wainwright on April 27th 1971.

If you click on the links, there are pictures attached I hope! The first is a picture I took holding the "Fire & Ice" sculpture in front of the dedication plaque on our main fire station. The "Fire & Ice" sculpture is one of a only a few ever produced and was given to the department by Capt. Robert Scott Hunt upon his retirement. Joe Cipri, a Denver firefighter, created a few replicas of the life size statue of "Fire & Ice for the Alaska Firefighters Memorial in Anchorage. The "Fire and Ice" statue with the Patriot Flag at the Anchorage FD just a few weeks ago and the recently relocated Firefighters Memorial in the foreground where there is also a memorial dedication to Donald along with other Alaskan firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


Our best to your and Donalds family.




At 3:12pm on December 23, 2010, Brad Hoff said…

Welcome Elizabeth,


Yes Donald Hyde has a fire station named after him here and it has been for a long time. His name was also included this year on the Alaska Firefighters memorial in Anchorage. What we are looking for are some pictures of him from when he was here or before then.




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