Local firefighter remembered a year after his death

Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of volunteer firefighter Bruce Ellyson. Ellyson died from injuries sustained in a tragic hunting accident.

According to his obituary published last November, the 39-year-old was a journeyman electrician but his true love was as a volunteer fireman with Park County Fire District 2.

This morning, a fellow firefighter got on the radio and asked the department and other agencies to take a moment to remember Bruce and contributions not only to the fire district but to the community as well.

According to information released by the Park County Sheriff’s Office last year, Ellyson and his companions had just finished their hunt and were preparing to depart the area of Clearwater Campground in the Shoshone National Forest when a .270 caliber Winchester Model 70 rifle that had been placed in an upright position against their vehicle fell over, discharging when it struck the ground. The round struck Ellyson in the upper portion of his left thigh, passing completely through and entering the upper portion of his right thigh where the bullet became lodged.

Once stabilized, he was flown by an EagleMed Medical Transport Services helicopter to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings where he succumbed to his injuries.