Chelan County firefighter dies after being buried in snow that fell from roof

Kimiko Nalle
Kimiko Nalle (Facebook)

CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. — A Chelan County firefighter was found dead off Blewett Pass after she was buried in snow that had fallen from a roof.

Chelan County Fire District 3 said Kimiko Nalle, 46, was found buried in snow when crews responded to the incident at 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Attempts  to revive her were not successful.

Nalle was a 26-year employee of the US Forest Service and 17-year volunteer firefighter with Chelan County Fire District 6. She served on Incident Management Teams and Fire Prevention Teams, contributing to community protection across the country.

Nalle is survived by her husband, Dave Nalle,  deputy chief and fire marshal for Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth.

“Her loss is felt deeply by the fire and emergency services community,” Chelan County Fire District 3 said in a Facebook post.

Service details are not available at this time. Cards and letters of condolences may be sent to the Nalle Family in care of Chelan County Fire District 3, 228 Chumstick Highway, Leavenworth, WA 98826.

The Kimiko Nalle Memorial Fund has been established at Cashmere Valley Bank.

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