Search and rescue teams mourn passing of firefighter Token Adams

Posted at: 09/07/2013 2:00 PM
Updated at: 09/07/2013 8:35 PM
By: Johnny Cordoba, KOB 4

Capt. Token Adams Last Alarm: 8/30/13
Capt. Token Adams Last Alarm: 8/30/13
Photo: U.S. Forest Service

After an arduous week in the search for US Forest Service Firefighter Token Adams, agencies involved issue a joint statement mourning his death.  In the document sent via email to KOB-4 Eyewitness News, the collective task force describes how Adam’s body was honored after being located and recovered.  The press release also offers a glimpse of Adam’s personal and professional life, and asks for privacy for his family and friends at this difficult time of mourning.  Read the whole document below:

Reflecting on Fallen Firefighter Token Adams

Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 11:00 am

Today the family and friends of Token Adams take time to reflect.  It has been 7 days since Token was reported missing.    Following a full week of intense searching by a multitude of agency personnel as well as hundreds of volunteers, all coordinated by New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue along with the Southwest Incident Management Team, Token’s body was located and recovered.  At 10:30 pm last night, following a half-day of investigation, Token was escorted in a procession of Engines and Law Enforcement into Jemez Springs.  He was given one final tour through the Jemez Ranger District compound as district employees, family and friends lined the driveway to welcome Token back to the fire shop one final time.

Token was an Engine Captain working in Jemez Springs, NM.  He was 41 years old and had been an Engine Captain on the Jemez Ranger District for 1 ½ years.  He was a wildland firefighter for 10 years including previous experience as a hotshot.  Before coming to the Forest Service Token served in the U.S. Navy.  Token grew up in the community of Coarsegold, California and was a 1990 graduate of Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California.

Token is survived by his wife, Heidi, a 3 year old son, Tristan, his mother, a brother and sister. Token’s wife Heidi is expecting their second child.  He is also survived by his Forest Service family and the entire wildland firefighter community.

A memorial service for Token is being planned at this time.  Information on the investigation and memorial service will be forthcoming as it becomes available.   All public and media are asked to please respect the privacy of Token’s family and friends during this time of mourning.