Procession of fire trucks honors deceased Blackfoot fire marshal
BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot Fire Marshal Benjamin Hirschi took one last ride in a city firetruck on Monday, to his final resting place.
Hirschi died on Nov. 12 at the age of 39. City Hall closed for the afternoon, and fire departments from Teton and Madison counties and Idaho Falls filled in for the Blackfoot Fire Department so that all of Hirschi’s friends and colleagues could attend the service.
The procession for the Blackfoot firefighter included a stream of firetrucks from throughout East Idaho.
Hirschi was promoted to Blackfoot fire marshal in January 2015. As fire marshal, his duties included getting buildings up to date on fire codes, and making certain they had required documents on hand, such as floor plans and exits for the buildings.
Hirschi volunteered his time for community events such as Santa’s Helpers in Blackfoot.
Hirschi’s accomplishments as a firefighter were many. He served with distinction on the executive board of the Professional Fire Fighters of Idaho. He was honored as “Firefighter of the Year” in 2006.
Hirschi’s dedication as a fireman and community leader earned him many friends from throughout the state. He touched countless lives and made an enormous impact on the community, the state and the northwest in his career as a firefighter.
Family friend and former Blackfoot fireman Drew McConnell said, “Ben Hirschi was an exceptional man. He was the kind of person that could light up a room just by walking into it. He was a tremendous husband, father, brother, son and firefighter. His family adored him, and he never stopped talking about how proud he was of his wife, children and all of their accomplishments. He always wanted the best for everyone.”
McConnell went on to say, “His dedication to his craft was unlike anyone else. He was an ‘all-in attitude, all-out effort’ kind of guy. He taught us to always do our best, always do the right thing and to treat everyone like family.”