BRENT STRONG 5K WALK & RUN
IN MEMORY OF FALLEN FIREFIGHTER BRENT STRONG
FIREFIGHTER JOHN OSTERGARD & SUPPORTER BRAD JOSLIN
CAPT BRENT STRONG
JUNE 27TH, 1966 - SEPT 20TH, 2015
West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Captain Brent Allen Strong (after a long courageous fight against duty related brain cancer) died on September 20th, 2015. Brent was 47 year old (born June 27th, 1968). Captain Strong started his (paid) career with Littlerock Fire Rescue in January 1997, after serving for many years as a volunteer with Littlerock (Thurston County Fire District 11), Lewis County Fire District 12, and Tumwater. Captain Strong also served with the City of Olympia and Tumwater as a temporary career firefighter. Captain Strong was an inspiring leader and Training Officer, who loved to serve his community and mentor his students and colleagues. Captain Strong was a pioneer in the fire training arena and instrumental in the development and success of the Thurston County Fire Academy, Thurston County Training Consortium, Littlerock Fire Rescue and West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.
Captain Strong is survived by his two children (Chad and Bo), his parents (Jan and Jerry) his Brother (Steve) and a loving extended family. His many devoted friends, colleagues and fire service family will miss him for his undeniable dedication to serve his community and his passion for his work as a Firefighter, Training Captain.
CAPT JOHN OSTERGARD
JUNE 12TH, 1955 - DEC 16TH, 2018
East Olympia Fire District 6 Captain John Ostergard (after responding to a residential structure fire in Yelm, Washington) died December 16, 2018. John discovered the a consuming passion in his life by serving others as a volunteer firefighter. John joined East Olympia Fire District 6, responding to calls from his home to Station 62 on Offutt Lake Road. Over his 27-year career, he advanced in rank and responsibility from Firefighter, to Firefighter First Class, to Lieutenant, and finally, Captain.
John Alvin Ostergard was born in Shelton, Washington on June 12, 1955 to Alvin J. Ostergard and Juanita P. Ostergard. He often recalled with great fondness growing up on a farm in Elma were he learned the value and satisfaction of hard work done well and helping others while doing farm chores with beef cattle for his family’s farm and their neighbors. In 1990, John met and married the love of his life, Susan. They shared a love for music, dancing, and travel. John was also known as a master cook on his outdoor smoker and barbecue.
He is survived by: his wife, Susan, Olympia; son Richard, Olympia; Son Andrew (Annemarie), Tenino; grandchildren Alexander and Ashley, and sister, Nancy Ostergard-Pigeon, Bremerton; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
LESTER BRAD JOSLIN
JUNE 28TH, 1965 - APRIL 17TH, 2018
Lester Brad Joslin Jr died April 17th, 2018 from a massive heart attack in his home within the West Thurston Community. He was born June 28th, 1965 in Shelton, Washington. Brad was a loving and devoted father, husband, and friend. He was known and remembered for many things, none more than the devotion he had for his family. If Brad wasn't telling a joke and making the room laugh he could be heard speaking about his wife and daughter.
Brad was a strong advocate and supporter of the fire service, taking great pride in his daughter's work at West Thurston Fire. Brad was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who may need it, rain or shine, rested or tired. Brad believed in the mission of the fire service and was ready each year to see the success of the Brent Strong 5k. Brad was a gifted runner coming in 3rd and 4th in the previous races despite the inclement weather. In 2016 after coming in 3rd, Brad gave up his medal to a fire service member he believed exemplified courage and dedication truly exemplifying how Brad chose to live his life.
Brad Joslin is survived by his wife (Yong) and daughter (Jessica), his parents (Brad and Jenny), his Brother (Dennis), his sister (Denise) and a loving extended family. His many devoted loved ones will miss him.