SFD is Saddened to Announce the Death of Recently Retired Firefighter Ed Foster

Chief Brian Schaeffer, 509.435.7001

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:33 a.m.

Spokane Fire Department (SFD) is saddened to announce the death of recently retired Firefighter Ed Foster on July 26, 2020 due to complications from a cardiac event. 

Firefighter Foster joined SFD on March 29,1993 and was most recently assigned to SFD Fire Station 17 prior to his retirement on June 25, 2020. As he left the station after his final shift, Firefighter Foster shared a simple and very mindful message with his fire family “Time flies. Please remember to be kind and do the right thing.”

SFD and Firefighter Foster’s loved ones appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. Because of the nature of work in the fire service, cardiac incidents are a leading cause of death for firefighters. In light of the circumstances involving Firefighter Foster's passing, his death is considered Line-of-Duty. Additional details to follow regarding ways to honor Firefighter Foster.

During the time that Firefighter Foster served our community he touched many lives. His values and memory will live on through his brothers and sisters of Spokane Fire Department.


Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer