It is with great sorrow that we report the off-duty death of Captain Tim McCoy
It is with great sorrow that the WSCFF must report the off duty death of Captain Tim McCoy of Local 3520.
Saturday afternoon, East Pierce Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to reports of a dirt bike crash at the 8000 block of 240th Avenue East, in Pierce County between Bonney Lake and Buckley. They arrived to find the seriously injured man was long-time East Pierce firefighter, Captain Tim McCoy. The crews transported their fellow firefighter to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. McCoy died later that evening in the presence of his family, friends and fire department family.
“Captain McCoy had been an integral member of this department for many years,” says East Pierce Fire Chief Bud Backer. “His loss touches each and every one of us. He will be sorely missed.”
The 59-year-old McCoy had joined the Bonney Lake Fire Department nearly 30 years ago. Bonney Lake Fire became a part of East Pierce Fire and Rescue in 2000. During those years, he rose through the ranks from firefighter to lieutenant then captain, often serving as acting battalion chief. He was planning to retire in June.
“I think he was cut out to be a firefighter because he was so calm and caring,” says his wife of 30 years, Anna McCoy. “Tim was definitely passionate in everything he did. He didn’t just want to be a firefighter—he wanted to be a great firefighter. He felt that it was such a privilege.”
His family says that McCoy had been riding dirt bikes since he was a child. As an adult, he earned his professional motocross license and competed in a number of races. Most recently, he won the Desert 100 for the 50-plus class, one of the biggest desert races in the Northwest.
According to his family, his love of competition wasn’t about winning or losing (although he liked winning best.) The point was to spur others on to be better. “I think he tried to do that with his crew at the fire station,” says his daughter Emily McCoy. Her brother Joshua McCoy agrees. “There was something in him that made him want to excel at everything,” he says.
In 2005, the family moved into the house McCoy helped build. Over the years, he filled the five-acre property surrounding their home with love and foster children. “They are a big part of our lives,” Anna says.
McCoy served as an elder at Bonney Lake Community Church for more than 10 years. “His ultimate goal in life was to bring honor to God in everything he did. It was the source of his passion, “ says Joshua. After he retired, McCoy had planned to become a chaplain for the fire department.
Above all else, McCoy loved his family. He leaves behind his wife Anna (Koehler), their son and daughter-in-law Joshua and Charis, daughters Emily and Alise; his mother Frances Pickering; brothers Steve and Kevin McCoy and sister Diane Stracener.
His children knew they were special to their father. “He was such a dare devil, but such a gentle protector for us,” says daughter Alise McCoy. However, they also knew something else. “Mom came first,” admits Emily. When he was away from her working his 24-hour shifts at the fire station, he would listen to a recording of Anna’s heartbeat before he went to bed. “He was really looking forward to being with her [after he retired],” she says.
Details regarding the service will be released at a later date.
Local 3186 Member Ken Ward Memorial Service
It is with profound sadness that the WSCFF and Mountain View Fire & Rescue Local 3186 reports the death of Firefighter Ken Ward. Ken's body was found in Grant County on Saturday afternoon. Brother Ward was a valued colleague and a good friend. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family now.
We are deeply grateful to the many, many people who helped spread the word about and search for Ken Ward. Firefighter Ward was a career firefighter with Mountain View Fire & Rescue for ten years. He has family in the area, and has three children.
"Ken’s family and everyone at Mountain View Fire & Rescue would like to thank everyone that helped us in the search for Fire Firefighter Ward," department spokesman Tim Perciful said in a statement. "We had over 100 off duty firefighters, police officers, and other individuals help search across the state. This extensive search covered the entire state using personal vehicles, ATVs, helicopters, and fixed wing aircraft."
Tuesday, November 1 ~ Noon
New Life Church
15711 152nd AVE SE
Renton, WA 98058
Class A's Appropriate
As this was not a line of duty death, there will be no apparatus or procession.
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