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By Bill Stevenson
Whitman County Gazette 

Former Colfax fire chief dies doing what he loved


September 2, 2021

Justin Slayton | The Gazette

About 12 acres of wildland burned along Green Hollow Road on Aug. 28. The Colfax Fire Department worked to extinguish the blaze.

COLFAX — Jim Krouse was on his fourth emergency call of the day when the former Colfax fire chief collapsed from an apparent heart attack.

"Krouse was like a kid in a candy store" when he was driving a fire tender to a roughly 12 acre wildfire on Green Hollow Road. He was pulling a hose when he collapsed, said Assistant Fire Chief Craig Corbeill.

He died despite receiving CPR and being immediately taken to Whitman Hospital, according to Pullman Fire Public Department Information Office Glenn Johnson. Corbeill rode in the ambulance with the former chief.

The fire began at 3 p.m. on Aug. 2...

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