Harriet Lake | 20120402
Saturday evening during the eight o’clock hour, rescuers were called to Harriet Lake on second hand information of a small fishing boat that had capsized with two adult males on board.
Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium agencies consisting of Clackamas Fire District, the Sherriff’s Office, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue responded to the search operation.
Due to the extreme weather and rural location of the incident, it took over an hour for resources driving with lights and siren to arrive at the scene.
One of the fishermen was assisted to shore with hypothermia symptoms, by an unknown bystander, and the second occupant was discovered in the clear 10′ deep water just ten minutes after rescue boats arrived. The second fisherman, Justin Faijo, a Colton Volunteer Firefighter, did not survive the accident and was pronounced dead at 9:30pm.
This tragic loss of a community servant is felt deeply not only in his family, but throughout the close knit brotherhood in the fire service, and the area in which Justin served.
“Justin was a great firefighter and asset to the department. It didn’t take long for me to see the qualities that Justin brought to the department and looked to him to become a leader within the organization. There will be a great loss felt not only in the Colton Fire Department, but to the community as a whole,” stated Fire Chief Richard Beaudoin.
Justin was a talented multi-sport athlete at Colton High School, and joined the Colton Fire Department’s intern program in 2007. In addition to working at Colton Fire, Justin spent the last six years working with the Oregon Department of Forestry as an “Engine Boss.” Justin recently completed officer training and was expected to be promoted to Lieutenant in May.
Please remember both the Faijo family, and the Colton Fire Department members in your thoughts and prayers as they walk through this difficult time of grieving.