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Ryan Grimaldi, a former Hillsboro Firefighter of the year, died at 31 last fall.

COURTESY PHOTO: BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13 - Ryan's mother Cheryl Craft with the newly dedicated water tender during the ceremony.The Banks Fire District has dedicated water tender 13 to fallen firefighter Ryan Grimaldi, who died in a hunting accident in Eastern Oregon last November.

On Monday, March 5, a "solemn celebration" took place at the fire district to honor Grimaldi, who began volunteering with the Banks Fire District in 2005 before joining the Hillsboro Fire Department in 2012.

Grimaldi was 31 at the time of his death on Nov. 3.

Grimaldi grew up in Gresham but became closely involved with the Hillsboro community as a local firefighter. He volunteered with the Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts charity organization and served as the face of the fire department's Toy & Joy program, which collects toys for needy children each holiday season.COURTESY PHOTO: BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13 - Ryan's mother Cheryl Craft and his brother Tony Grimaldi cut the ribbon off the vehicle at the dedication.

Grimaldi was named Hillsboro Firefighter of the Year in 2015. He was one of several Hillsboro firefighters who lent a hand after the Eagle Creek wildfire threatened homes in the Columbia River Gorge last year.

"Ryno" and "Dedicated to Ryan Grimaldi" are displayed on both sides of the water tender, which was Ryan's favorite piece to operate, a spokesman from the fire district said.

Ryan's mother Cheryl Craft and brother Tony Grimaldi were at the ceremony. They cut the ribbon on the vehicle to officially mark the dedication.

"After the dedication, Cheryl rode in 'Ryno's' first post dedication trip outside the station. Upon returning to the station, Cheryl's pride was shining," said the Banks Fire District in a statement.


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