Firefighters getting an unexpected helping hand from state inmat - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Firefighters getting an unexpected helping hand from state inmates

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

During mealtimes at the fire camp at the Spokane County Fairgrounds you'll see worn out firefighters headed back from 12 to 14 hour days. Those crews are hoping for a hot meal and a good night's sleep. And you'll see people in red shirts serving those hot meals.

"These gentlemen are the guys who provide the meals for everybody. They do a real good job," says Christopher Randon.

For the last three years Randon has worked in camps like the one at the fairgrounds at wildfires around the state.

"They gotta keep it rolling because you want them to be as fresh as possible," Randon says.

Although he's had training, Ranon's not a firefighter, he's a convicted felon.

"I feel like I've done enough bad things, so it feels good to come out here and help people."

Randon is serving a nine year sentence for first degree assault. He's one of 250 inmates inmates from Larch Corrections Center in western Washington that work for the Department of Natural Resources.

"It's kind of hard sometimes because you're in a camp, but other than that, I just like the feeling I get from helping people."

Not only do programs like this save taxpayers money, they also help out local fire agencies who are already stretched thin.

"We appreciate what they're doing for our community and I wanted to make sure they heard that from me," said Asst. Chief Greg Godfrey with Spokane County Fire District 8. "So I came down here to thank them."

Randon is grateful for their thanks.

"They know what we're doing and who we are, so them to saying thank you for it, as opposed to just looking at you and walking away, it feels good to feel like you're needed."

The program has been around since the 1950s, and it's effective. Inmates who have been in the program are 22 percent less likely to re-offend and get sent back to prison.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigns amid graphic baboon hunting photo controversy

    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner resigns amid graphic baboon hunting photo controversy

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:29:39 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned, effective immediately, after photos involving a dead baboon family surfaced from an African hunting trip. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday afternoon that he asked for and received the resignation from Fischer, who was under intense criticism for the graphic photos from last month.

    >>

    BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer has resigned, effective immediately, after photos involving a dead baboon family surfaced from an African hunting trip. Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Monday afternoon that he asked for and received the resignation from Fischer, who was under intense criticism for the graphic photos from last month.

    >>
  • Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Hayden man shares story of Grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana

    Sunday, October 14 2018 3:11 PM EDT2018-10-14 19:11:51 GMT
    Bob Legasa -  FacebookBob Legasa - Facebook

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

    >>

    BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Facebook post by Bob Legasa of Hayden, Idaho is going viral after he survived a grizzly attack while bow hunting in Montana. Legasa says in the post: "My hunting partner Greg Gibson and I surprised a Sow grizzly and her cub as we were moving in on some Elk. We walked up to with in 12 yards when we all saw each other And before I could even reach for my bear spray she was at full charge.

    >>
  • Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    Woman pleads innocent to murder by reason of insanity

    Sunday, October 14 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-10-14 23:05:39 GMT
    Luke HollisterLuke Hollister

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

    >>

    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - A woman accused of fatally shooting a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, man in Colfax, Washington, has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. The Spokesman-Review reports Ashley Myers entered the plea to second-degree murder Friday in Whitman County Superior Court.    Insanity pleas allow for the defense to argue for a potential commitment to a psychiatric facility instead of prison. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Man run over by lawn mower while trying to kill son with chainsaw

    Monday, October 15 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-10-15 23:38:29 GMT

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    >>

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - A man who police say was run over with a lawn mower while trying to kill his son with a chain saw has had to have his leg amputated. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that a warrant for 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson couldn’t be served until Tuesday because of the severity of his injuries.

    >>
  • Police investigating apparent self-defense homicide in Bonner County

    Police investigating apparent self-defense homicide in Bonner County

    Monday, October 15 2018 7:19 PM EDT2018-10-15 23:19:10 GMT

    BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - A 39-year-old Spirit Lake man was shot and later died after an apparent attack of a woman and her mother in south Bonner County Friday evening. Friday around 5:15 p.m., Bonner County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a disturbance report at the 100 block of Rebel Ridge Rd. 

    >>

    BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - A 39-year-old Spirit Lake man was shot and later died after an apparent attack of a woman and her mother in south Bonner County Friday evening. Friday around 5:15 p.m., Bonner County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a disturbance report at the 100 block of Rebel Ridge Rd. 

    >>
  • Spokane Detectives collaborate with victims to track down, arrest internet scammer

    Spokane Detectives collaborate with victims to track down, arrest internet scammer

    Monday, October 15 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-10-15 22:55:22 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office, with help of victims, successfully arrested a 40-year-old man behind an internet scam involving the sale of classic cars. On Oct. 4, Investigative Task Force Detectives arrested Samuel Richardson for second-degree theft with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Service & Newport Police. .

    >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office, with help of victims, successfully arrested a 40-year-old man behind an internet scam involving the sale of classic cars. On Oct. 4, Investigative Task Force Detectives arrested Samuel Richardson for second-degree theft with the assistance of the U.S. Postal Service & Newport Police. .

    >>