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The Hellsgate Fire Department will lead a procession of emergency vehicles to deliver Lt. Bobby Mollere’s ashes to his final resting place in the Valley on Saturday.

Longtime volunteer firefighter Mollere, 61, collapsed and died Saturday, March 8 while taking a fast-paced three-mile hike with a 45-pound pack to qualify for a season of wildland firefighting.

A “Line of Duty Death” memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. in Phoenix at the All Saints Episco­pal Church, 6300 N. Central Ave.

The procession of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles will start at about dawn in Payson, go down to the Valley, then deliver Mollere’s ashes to the cemetery. For information go to www.hells­gate­fire.org or call Battalion Chief David Bathke at (928) 478-7043.

A memorial fund has been set up for his family: Benefit of Bobby Mollere, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 115 Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ 85541.

The volunteer firefighter spent many hours working both structure fires and wildland fires, including the Wallow and Yarnell fires. The pipe fitter and mechanic had received medical and wildland certifications and also kept the department’s aging fleet of fire engines and other vehicles operating.

Hellsgate, which protects Star Valley and other communities relies on volunteers, who receive no benefits and get paid hourly.

Because Mollere died in the line of duty, his wife of 27 years can get $30,000 in life insurance. A group that supports firefighters has donated another $10,000. Hellsgate officials hope she can also qualify for a $300,000 death benefit from the federal government, since he died of a heart attack while he was qualifying to fight wildland fires this summer for the U.S. Forest Service.

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