Flags Will Be Lowered For Late Firefighter

Brian Coddington, 509.625.6740

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 8:55 a.m.

Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward has ordered flags at all City facilities to be lowered on Monday, August 3, in memory of retired Spokane Fire Department Firefighter Ed Foster.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Firefighter Ed Foster,” said Mayor Woodward. “We will remember him for his dedication to the Spokane community, his sense of humor and kindness. We send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Foster’s fiancé, family, friends and colleagues at SFD.”

Firefighter Foster joined SFD in March 1993 and dedicated his life to serving Spokane citizens. Most recently, he was assigned to Fire Station 17 prior to retiring on June 25, 2020. When leaving his final shift he shared a simple message with this colleagues, “Time flies. Please remember to be kind and do the right thing.”

Firefighter Foster unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, July 26 due to complications from a cardiac event. 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.