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In Memoriam

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger oneself"

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Fire Chief Lemon

Fire Chief

Tim Lemon

Family, friends and members of the fire service are remembering Tim Lemon, Fire Chief as a loving husband, father and friend too many. He will always be thought of as a respected leader who loved the fire department and communities he served. Tim was a brave man that faced a challenge head on while maintaining his integrity and creative sense of humor. Time Lemon passed away September 17, 2019 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Bellingham WA after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. at his side way devoted wife Cathy Johnson Lemon. Chief Lemon's fire service career spread over 39 years, starting as a volunteer with Pierce County Fire District #16 in Pierce County. Chief Lemon left PCFD #16 as Assistant Chieft to work as Training Chief at Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety. Chief Lemon was appointed as Fire Chief of MVKLS in 2001, at that time he was the youngest Fire Chief in Washington State. Chief Lemon left Maple Valley in 2009 when he relocated to Chelan, WA where he held the position of Fire Chief for 10 years. Chief Lemon was also instructor for Bates Technical College and the Washington State Fire Academy. His experience and dedication is one of the main reasons North Whidbey Fire and Rescue was pleased that he had joined their department.


Tyler Rico

Tyler Corbett Rico- father, husband, son, brother, grandson, and hero passed unexpectedly on August 30, 2021. Tyler was born in Oak Harbor, WA to Sheri and Esteban Rico. A graduate of Oak Harbor High School, Tyler enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Wichita Falls, TX. Tyler returned home to Oak Harbor after leaving the armed forces. His passion to do the right thing and help those in need guided him to a volunteer position in the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Department. He rose to the position of lieutenant in just 7 short years. Tyler had strength and bravery in earnest, but his kind and genuine demeanor were what shined brightest- he was a true friend to everyone he met. Tyler married Ashely Rico in 2020 and together they have six wonderful children. Together they have built a home and a place in the local community of Oak Harbor. Tyler’s memory lives on in the hearts of those he leaves behind: his mother, Sheri Rico; his Father, Esteban Rico; his sister, Laurin Goodwin; his wife, Ashley Rico; his children: Valerie, Sophia, Aubrey, Phillip, Isaac, and Keighson; his family on the west coast in Oak Harbor; and his family on the opposite side of the country in Miami. He was loved by all, and we will carry him on in our hearts.

Lieutenant Rico
Commissioner Lamont


Tj Lamont

Terrence "T.J." Lamont passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on January 19, 2024. He was 75 years old and will be greatly missed by many. T.J. was born on August 27, 1948 in Coral Gables, FL. He grew up spending time in central Florida and Southern California. In the 1960s he met Patricia Miller at Eau Gallie High School in Florida. They began dating and, after high school, T.J. went to work at Cape Canaveral as a missile electrician on the Apollo program. In December 1968, T.J. and Pat were married. In February 1969, TJ joined the U.S. Navy as a safety equipment mechanic, and in January 1970, he and Pat were sent to NAS Whidbey. He made two West Pac cruises in support of Vietnam working on the flightdeck of the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier. Pat and T.J.’s intention was to return to Florida after his active-duty commitment, but the Pacific Northwest and its beauty grabbed them permanently. In March 1973, their son, Jason, was born and they bought land outside Oak Harbor in 1975 to start a small farm. Pat worked at Whidbey General Hospital while T.J. worked as a vehicle mechanic and then as an NAS Whidbey firefighter, while also maintaining his Naval Reserve status and volunteering as a firefighter with North Whidbey Fire & Rescue. T.J. eventually became a part of the elite group of Navy personnel known as Mustangs, progressing through the enlisted ranks from Airman Apprentice to Senior Chief and then crossing over to the officer ranks. He eventually retired from the Navy as a Commander, after 40 years of military service. As a volunteer firefighter he completed Emergency Medical Technician training and rose to the position of Captain at North Whidbey Fire and Rescue. After retiring with 26 years as a firefighter, he ran for and won election as a Fire Commissioner and served in that capacity for 18 years. He recently won re-election to another 4-year term but had to resign due to declining health. In T.J.'s civilian life he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, and a fuels inspector for NAS Whidbey and retired in 2008 as the Operations Officer. For fun T.J. rode horses in Competitive Trail Riding; helped Pat on the farm; was a fantastic father and grandfather; worked on his classic Mustangs; crabbed, shrimped, and fished; ran his dog in agility competitions; and played pickleball. He had a very full and enjoyable life and leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Pat, in Oak Harbor; his son, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Christine, in San Antonio; and two grandsons, Marshall and Carson.

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