2023 Grand Marshal
One day while at work I noticed Del Larson walking around in the apparatus bays in his turnouts and wearing an air pack. Not the mask, just the pack. I asked him what he was up to. Del informed me that he had a serious claustrophobic issue when using the air pack. He had started with just the turnouts, then I discovered him with the backpack. He planned to add on components in various stages each day or week until he could wear the whole pack and be on air while he walked around in the bays. Later he would tackle performing work in the apparatus. I never got to see his further development, but was pleased to hear later that he had become an officer. I always admired Del's desire and tenacity in overcoming his challenge.
Rainier Fire Department Story by - Patrick Mcvicker
Delbert Larson was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in St. Helens, Oregon. He served in the Navy from 1962 to 1966.
Del moved to Rainier in 1967, and married his late wife, Linda Larson, in 1968. He was a volunteer fireman from 1984 to 2004. Del has been a member of the Rainier Eagles since 1991.
Del served and delivered meals for the Meals-On-Wheels program through the Rainier Senior Center from 2011 through 2021. Also, he is a current member of the Rainier Oregon Historical Museum. Del is an avid reader. He is a very friendly person and enjoys helping people.