Obituary – Green, Robert Edward

Passed: May 27, 2009
On May 27, 2009, Rob Green of Slave Lake, AB passed away at the age of 31 years. Survived by his loving wife, Aimee; loving father, Wayne Green of Rocky Mountain House; one brother, Trevor Green of Rocky Mountain House. Memorial Service was held Thurs., June 4, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place, Slave Lake. Pastor Tracy Ottenbreit officiated. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to STARS Air Rescue. —————- The sudden passing of local Forestry official Rob Green late last month has left a big gap in the Forest Protection offices in Slave Lake. The 31-year-old Green died on May 27th in a dirt bike crash near Slave Lake. “He was a professional forest officer,” says his boss Jim Lunn. “He was well-liked by everybody and respected by all his colleagues and all the stakeholders out there.” Green was Wildfire Operations Officer in the Slave Lake forest protection district, having taken over that job on June 1, 2008. As such he dealt with lots of contractors who would be marshaled during fire season. They helped to suppress fires – everything from helicopter companies to truck and dozer operators. “They all showed up and dropped off cards and things,” Lunn says. Green came to Slave Lake three years ago as a wildfire technologist. A native of Rocky Mountain House, he had worked the wildfire suppression field for the Alberta government – first in Rocky, later in High Level and then back in Rocky before relocating to Slave Lake in 2005. In a 2008 interview with The Leader, Green spoke of his enjoyment of his job. Here’s an excerpt from that story, written by Marilyn Partington-Richer: “It’ been good – lots of fun,” Green says of the new job. “It’s a well-oiled piece of machinery that everybody here set up. There’s a lot of good, experienced staff here.” Green credits his knack for being “in the right place, and lots of good opportunities when I was ready to move” for his quick trip to the top of fire suppression ladder. It’s a job without parallel, made even better because it’s a team that works quickly and efficiently “and brings everyone home safe.” According to the RCMP, Green was riding his dirt bike at the Flat Top track south of Slave Lake when the accident occurred. “The rider crested a hill as a grooming tractor was working the same area,” says the RCMP release. “The bike was airborne after cresting the hill and slid into the tractor after landing. The driver suffered chest injuries from hitting the tractor and he succumbed to the injuries later at Slave Lake Hospital.” Green was 31 years old, married, but without children.

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