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Fire Lookout Killed in Crash

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On August 15, 2006 the fourth victim of a helicopter crash that killed three Payette National Forest firefighters and their pilot was been identified. Ms. Lillian M. Patten of Olympia, Washington was a fire lookout. She was on her way with other team members to a guard station when the helicopter crashed. Aviation experts from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

Special rules apply to federal employees who are injured on the job. If you have questions about these rules (FECA) or the third-party claims that may be available, please contact a personal injury attorney.