Fallen U.S. Forest Service firefighter had local family tiesFamily, friends raising money online to help wife move back to Maine
Santa Fe, N.M. — Family and close friends of a woman from the Midcoast are raising funds to help her move back home after her firefighter husband's tragic death.
Hiedi Ames Adams, a 2002 graduate of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, learned Sept. 6 that her husband had been killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Her husband, Capt. Token Adams, 41, was a U.S. Forest Service firefighter using the ATV to search for a wildfire on a mesa in the Santa Fe National Forest, according to published reports.
Fellow firefighters lost contact with him Aug. 30 and a week-long search followed.
Hiedi and Token have one young son, and she is due to give birth to their second child Sept. 19, according to family friend Chuck Whitehouse of North Carolina. They have been living in Jemez Springs, N.M.
Hiedi's step-father and mother, Harold David Abbott and Jeannie Ames Abbott of Cushing have traveled to New Mexico to help. Hiedi plans to move back to Cushing to be with family. Her father is Andy Blouin of Stonington.
Token's funeral was Sept. 12 in New Mexico and drew hundreds of loved ones, friends and supporters.
In Maine, a website has been set up to help the family: gofundme.com/in-memory-of-token-adams.
"Token was vivacious, full of life, energy, and love," the site states. "People were drawn to him — including his wife Hiedi who he met while on assignment in Maine. Hiedi is a similar spirit and they were perfect for each other. Their son, Tristan, was born in Texas when they were living there, and Hiedi is expecting a daughter, Isla, later this month. The loss of Token has created a hole in everyone's hearts, but no more than their's."
"Hiedi will need all the emotional and physical support she can have right now, especially with her due date being less than two weeks away," it adds. "There will be additional expenses shortly being a single mother with two children, so far from home."
Another site has also been set up to help with moving expenses: giveforward.com/fundraiser/ys13/bring-hiedi-back-to-maine.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.
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