JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (KRQE) - Token Adams, a New Mexico firefighter who died in the line of duty, is being remembered as a hero as dozens held a candlelight vigil for the firefighter.
Around 100 people from the local community showed up for the vigil at Jemez Springs Park on Sunday night. His co-workers and friends commented at the vigil about just how passionate and dedicated Adams was toward being a firefighter.
Adams body was found late Friday morning in the Jemez Wilderness underneath an ATV he rode out while searching for a fire. New Mexico Search and Rescue crews believe the ATV likely flipped on top of Adams while heading off-road up a steep hill.
Adams grew up in California and served in the U.S. Navy before turning to firefighting. The Forest Service says he had 10 years of wildland firefighting experience including some as a Hotshot with the Kings River crew near Fresno.
About a year a half ago, the Forest Service says he moved to New Mexico to become an engine captain in the Jemez Ranger District.
People at the vigil Sunday remembered Token with song, prayer and thanks for the memories that he gave.
"He was a great guy, fantastic sense of humor, great sarcastic wit, hell of a firefighter, good engine captain, and it's tough on all of us,” said Jeffery Dubey, a former co-worker of Token’s. “I love the guy and I'm going to miss him badly.”
Adams is survived by his pregnant wife and a 3-year old son. The Forest Service says a memorial service for Adams is still being planned.
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