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Fallen firefighter Shane Robins' remains flown home

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Firefighter Shane Robins' gear sits out in front of Station 10-5 Firefighter Shane Robins' gear sits out in front of Station 10-5
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Wednesday, the remains of Shane Robins, a volunteer firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 10, were flown into the Spokane International Airport.

Robins died February 16 during a snorkeling accident in Maui while vacationing with his wife.

Robins' fellow firefighters and family remembered him with a memorial service on the tarmac and procession to his fire station.

Alaska Airlines paid for two District 10 firefighters to fly to Maui and back to bring Robins' ashes to his family.

Shane's wife, son, daughter and daughter in law were at the ceremony to accept the remains.

Trucks were draped in black and badges were covered as a sign of mourning.

After the ceremony, firefighters led a procession from the airport through Airway Heights.

The procession continued a few miles and ended at station 10-5, which was the station where Shane volunteered.

Even though Shane had only been with district 10 for two years, his crew says he was a very important member of their department, and he deserved to be brought back to Spokane with honor.

"The fire service in general, we take care of our own. We didn't feel it was right to let him be in a box in a cargo hole. So we wanted to make sure that he was brought home in the right way, and that we were there to welcome him home," said Dept. Chief Robert Ladd.

Donations to support the Robins family can be made to the Sunset Volunteer Firefighter's Association at:

SVFFA

929 S Garfield Rd

Airway Heights, WA 99001

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