Big Pine Fire Department honors loss of Engineer Pete Hein | Flag lowered to half-staff

Big Pine Fire Department honors the passing of Engineer Pete Hein. Rest in Peace.

It is with great sadness that the Big Pine Fire Department lowers its Flag to Half Staff in honor of the passing of Engineer Pete Hein.

Pete had been a member of the BPVFD for over 5 years. He passed away while on a AD assignment with the U.S.F.S. on the Stagecoach fire near Lake Isabella.

Pete retired from Cal-Fire Bishop Fire Camp as a Captain, moved to Big Pine, and joined the local fire department.

Before he joined Cal-Fire, Pete was a Firefighter with the Inyo National Forest. He was active in helping Dispatch, sharpening tools in his spare time, and sharing his knowledge of Wild-land firefighting during BPVFD’s annual refresher class every spring.

Pete’s sense of humor was great! He will be missed by the BP Fire Dept Family.

The men and women of the Big Pine Fire Department ask that you keep his two sons in your prayers, Keenan from Bishop Ca. and Trevor of Montana.

6 Responses to Big Pine Fire Department honors loss of Engineer Pete Hein | Flag lowered to half-staff

  1. Wimberley Fire Rescue August 13, 2020 at 12:08 pm #

    Rest in peace. We’re in the Texas Hill County and appreciate your service and the knowledge you shared on wild land fires. “My badge is a symbol of honor and heritage bestowed upon me by the Heroes that have gone before and embodies the trust of those I am sworn to protect.”

  2. Fred Stump August 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm #

    In another life I worked with Pete. At that time we worked for different agencies which sometimes made things difficult. Not with Pete. He was always pleasant and willing to be a team player. We need more folks like that. I have also been asked to send condolences on behalf of the Long Valley Fire Department. Sounds like a line of duty death. I hope there can be appropriate honers in this time of Covid. Every loss touches all of us that have or are doing that type of work.

    • heinsight2010 August 15, 2020 at 12:03 am #

      Thank you Fred Stump for your sincere condolences. Although the usual gathering to honor Peter will not be able to take place for a while, We hope to have a chance to memorialize and celebrate the fullness of his life when time and circumstances allow.
      Lora Hein

      • Matt Cooke August 16, 2020 at 9:23 am #

        I was so sorry to hear about Pete. Worked with him in the early 80’s in Mammoth. Just a great, fun, easy going guy. Did the greatest imitation of Floyd the Barber in Andy of Mayberry!! Thoughts and prayers to his family.

  3. Paradise Fire August 12, 2020 at 8:49 am #

    We in Paradise Fire are Deeply Sorry to hear about The loss of a Brother Firefighter. We Honor his Memory as a Firefighter and wish his family well. Pete Hein is with the Heroes. Bishop Paradise Fire!

  4. Anonemoose August 12, 2020 at 5:51 am #

    Goodbye my ornery friend and neighbor, you’ll be missed by all that knew you.


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