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Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Airtanker 130 Is Headed West

 
 
Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
1. Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker
Inscription. From this Valley on 17 June 2002, the crew of Tanker 130, Steven Wass, Craig Labare and Michael Davis answered the call to duty and took wing to fight a horrific fire in the Sierras. For their determination and ultimate sacrifice, we honor their memory.
Airtanker 130 Is Headed West.
Placed by the Carson Valley Sertoma Club

 
Erected 2003 by Carson Valley Sertoma Club.
 
Location. 38° 56.508′ N, 119° 44.883′ W. Marker is in Gardnerville, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is on Courthouse Alley north of Eddy Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gardnerville NV 89410, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gardnerville Branch Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Jensen/Schacht House (within shouting distance of this marker); Arendt Jensen Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Jensen Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Adaven Building (about 400 feet away); The French Hotel and Bar (about 400 feet away); East Fork Hotel Building (about 400 feet away); Arendt Jensen Merchandise (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardnerville.
 
More about this marker.
Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker in Heritage Park image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
2. Airtanker 130 Is Headed West Marker in Heritage Park
The marker is mounted on a west-facing boulder in the southwestern corner of Heritage Park.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Hundreds Mourn Downed Tanker Crew. The Nevada Appeal's article (6/23/2002) describing the memorial ceremony for the downed tanker crew," ...At the conclusion, a P-3 tanker, No. 00, flew low over the crowd of 350 and headed toward the mountains to the honor guard's announcement, 'Tanker 130 has gone West.'" (Submitted on December 11, 2009.) 

2. Emotional ceremony at Heritage Park honors fallen airtanker firefighters. The Record-Courier's article (6/18/2003) on the ceremony in Heritage Park honoring the downed crew one year after the crash, "...Called heroes, pilot Steve Wass, co-pilot Craig LaBare of Loomis, Calif., and flight engineer Mike Davis of Bakersfield, Calif., were honored with a monument that includes a boulder to represent the Sierra Nevada, a Columnar Hornbeam tree that will grow 60-foot high to resemble a finger pointing toward the sky, and a bench for quiet reflection." (Submitted on December 11, 2009.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 903 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 10, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on December 11, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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