Memorial, reception and celebration of life planned for firefighter Jason Baker
A memorial service for firefighter Jason Baker is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Mansfield Theater at the Great Falls Civic Center.
Baker was a firefighter with Great Falls Fire Rescue for 17.5 years before cancer forced his retirement. He was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in October 2016 and retired from GFFR in 2017.
He continued fighting at the Montana Legislature for laws that would provide presumptive coverage for certain conditions that firefighters are at greater risk to develop due to their job.
The Montana Senate passed a bill earlier this month that would allow presumptive coverage under worker’s compensation certain conditions associated with firefighting. The bill is now in the House Business and Labor committee.
At 12:45 p.m. a procession will be making its way down 14th Street North proceeding to 1st Avenue South where it will turn and proceed down 1st Avenue South to 9th Street South. At the intersection of 1st Avenue South and 9th Street South, the procession will turn north and proceed to Central Avenue and arrive at the Civic Center at 1 p.m., according to GFFR.
The public can begin arriving 12:50 p.m. and seating in the theater will be open to the public at 1:20 p.m., according to GFFR release.
After the service, a reception will be held in the Missouri Room at the Civic Center.
On Tuesday, Park Drive South will be closed in front of the Civic Center from 1st Avenue South to 1st Avenue North and Central Avenue will be closed from Park Drive South to 2nd Street from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parking for the memorial will be available in the following locations:
- Whitter Park on the south side has 35 free spots, four of which are ADA;
- Margaret Park on the north side has 61 free spots, 6 ADA;
- Along west edge of Mansfield Convention Center (by overhead load-in door) has 10 free spots, 1 ADA;
- Mitchell Pool Lot (accessed from River Drive) has 98 free spots, 2 ADA;
- West Lot (accessed from River Drive behind the Children’s Museum) has 83. Lots by Great Falls Police Department and east of Great Falls Tribune have 62 free spots;
- Metered parking on Central Avenue and the other streets east of the facility;
- Arrangements have been made for overflow parking in the parking lot of Pacific Steel which is located near the West Parking Lot
Maps for parking arrangements can be found here.
A private celebration of life is planned at the Hi-Ho Tavern after the memorial service and reception. The celebration of life is for family, close friends and members of the fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services according to a GFFR release.
The Hi-Hi is at 2600 10th Ave. S. and extra parking will be available in the old Pierces Dodge City adjacent to the tavern. Shuttle services will be provided to the Hi-Ho for the celebration from the Heritage Inn, Staybridge Suites and Springhill Suites.
For those attending with fire apparatus or law enforcement vehicles, arrive at the designated staging area at 1st Avenue South and Park Drive between 11-11:30 a.m. Park at the barricade for further instructions, according to GFFR.
At 5 p.m. a procession leaving the Civic Center will proceed down Central Ave. to 9th St. The procession will turn on 9th St. and proceed to 10th Ave. S. At 10th Ave. S. the procession will turn onto 10th Ave. S and proceed to the final destination at 26th St and 10th Ave. S, according to GFFR.