Powell Firefighter Dies While Working In California

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A firefighter from Powell died while working on assignment in California earlier this month, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

Layla Bradley, 29, died Oct. 11 while on assignment in the Inyo National Forest.

Bradley was working as a member of a wildland fire engine team from Dragon Fighters Inc., a company that works under contract with the Forest Service. The team was providing additional initial attack coverage for the forest during a difficult fire season in California.

Forest officials received a report of a medical emergency on Oct. 11. Personnel responded and attempted lifesaving efforts, but the efforts were unsuccessful.

“The Inyo National Forest staff appreciates the support that contract fire companies provide to the US Forest Service and expresses their deepest condolences to Layla’s family and friends,” forest officials wrote in a release.

According to her obituary, which ran in the Cody Enterprise, Bradley had worked for Dragon Fighters since 2018, traveling the country while doing so. During her employment with them, Bradley “worked her way up from crew member to engine boss and gained the respect, admiration and love of her employers,” her obituary said.  

“Layla was most proud of the work she did as a firefighter. It was her life’s passion,” her obituary concluded. “With that in mind, her family requests that for those who so desire, gifts can be made in Layla Bradley’s name to Wildland Firefighter Foundation, wffoundation.org.

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