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Funeral Services for Hungry Valley Firefighter Continue Thursday

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Courtesy: Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Courtesy: Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
From the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony:

Hungry Valley Assistant Fire Chief Donovan Artie Garcia Jr., will be laid to rest today after a lengthy procession which will include police escorts, at least a dozen additional emergency agencies, along with a representative from Governor Brian Sandoval’s office.

Garcia, 52, died unexpectedly during wild land fire training last Thursday, June 5. A member of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Garcia is the first tribal volunteer, first responder in the state of Nevada to die in the line of duty.  
The route of Garcia’s funeral procession will start at 9 a.m. from O’Brien-Rogers and Crosby Funeral Home located at 600 West Second St., and head west to Keystone Avenue; Keystone to Interstate-80 East, to the Pyramid Way exit; north on Pyramid to Eagle Canyon Road. Once on Eagle Canyon Rd., the procession will conclude at the Hungry Valley Gymnasium, 9070 Eagle Canyon Rd.

The service is slated to begin at 11 a.m.
The director of the Nevada Indian Commission, Sherry Rupert, will be attending the service on behalf of the Governor who is out-of-state. Rupert will present a flag that was flown on Wednesday morning over the state capitol building to Garcia’s family.

On Monday, RSIC Tribal Chairman Arlan D. Melendez ordered that all RSIC flags be flown at half-staff for seven days in honor of Garcia.  

The Hungry Valley Volunteer Fire Department, a crew of 21, serves as first responders for medical and fire emergencies for about 150 households remotely located five miles west of Spanish Springs High.  This part of the RSIC land base includes over 1,920 acres.

Known as “Dondi” to his large family and many friends, Garcia was born on Aug., 27, 1961.  A father of six, Garcia spent the majority of his professional career as a firefighter.  He had joined the Hungry Valley Volunteer Fire Department just over two years ago and had been promoted to assistant fire chief in February.

Prior to his service to the RSIC, Garcia had worked for Firestop Contraction International Association and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal Wildfire Prevention programs.

He is the son of Sheila and Jimmy Katenay, and the late Donovan Garcia, Sr.

The RSIC was established in the early 1900’s and formed a federally recognized government in 1934 under the Indian Reorganization Act.  Located in Reno, Nev., the RSIC consists of over 1,000 members from three Great Basin Tribes - the Paiute, the Shoshone, and the Washo and provides essential services to over 7,000 Natives.  The reservation lands consist of the original twenty-eight acre Colony located in central west Reno and another 1,920 acres in Hungry Valley, which is nineteen miles north of the Colony and west of Spanish Springs, Nev., nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.

From the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
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