A First-year Firefighter on the elite Helena Hot Shot Fire crew died early Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Idaho while returning from a fire. Firefighter Sara Madsen, 24 years old, of Tetonia, Idaho, was pronounced dead at the scene in that crash south of Ashton, Idaho. Unfortunately FF Madsen was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
FF Madsen began working in natural resources in Idaho’s Teton Valley as a Youth Conservation Corp member, later moving into the fire program where she served as a crew member on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Centennial Type II Initial Attack Hand Crew from 2017-2019. This year was her first year as part of the Helena Hot Shot crew with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.