Daniel Lyon Jr., who was burned over nearly 70 percent of his body in a wildfire last year, will be honored Sunday during Firefighter Appreciation Day at Safeco Field.
Daniel Lyon Jr., who was badly burned in last year’s Twisp River blaze, will be among those honored Sunday during the Seattle Mariners’ 11th annual Firefighter Appreciation Day at Safeco Field.
Lyon, 26, survived a wildland fire that killed three fellow U.S. Forest Service firefighters on Aug. 19, 2015. He’ll be joined by Bill Coultas, 52, a helicopter pilot who survived the “Iron 44” helicopter crash in Northern California’s Trinity Alps Wilderness in 2008. That accident killed nine crew members.
Lyon said he asked Coultas, who has become a friend and mentor, to throw out the first pitch. The game against the Milwaukee Brewers starts at 1:10 p.m.
Coors Brewing Company also will make a donation to the Wildland Firefighter “Protect Our West” program.
On Saturday, Lyon will be grand marshal of the Milton Days parade, which will be dedicated to first responders. Before the fire, he was training to become an officer with the police department in that Pierce County town. The event will mark the first time since the fire that Lyon will wear his police uniform, he said.