Osage Nation firefighters deployed

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Fox23 News was the first of several Tulsa TV stations to interview members of the Osage Nation Emergency Management Wildland Fire Management Department Monday. Russ Walker, Kevin Walker and James Black are part of an elite Hot Shot crew deployed to fight fires in Colorado and Arizona. Hot Shot crews are the first in and the last to leave. Nineteen Hot Shot firefighters from Prescott, Ariz. lost their lives Sunday. Monday evening, after a two-day rest, Russ Walker headed to the Tulsa airport and back to Arizona for a second tour. This time he will be an Engine Boss in Sells, Ariz., near the Mexico border. A full interview with this team will be featured in next week’s edition. From left to right are Fox 23 News cameraman Michael Barbee, reporter Sharon Phillips, Osage Nation fire fighters Russ Walker, Kevin Walker and James Black with Fire Chief Bob Tallchief.