Family of Fallen Oregon Firefighter Gives Donation to Memorial Effort

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) -- The family of one of the three firefighters who died battling a 2002 blaze in downtown Coos Bay has donated 20-thousand dollars to an effort to build a memorial in their honor.

The donation, from the family of deceased firefighter Randy Carpenter, is a big step toward the estimated cost of a 100-thousand dollar memorial for the three men.

The Coos Bay Firefighters Memorial Committee is planning on using the Internet to sell the bricks that will be used to build the memorial, each one inscribed with the name of the donor.

Besides the 46-year-old Carpenter, the memorial will honor firefighters R. Chuck Hanners and Jeff Common.

The men were killed battling a fire at the Farwest Truck & Auto Supply store in downtown Coos Bay.