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By Andi Bourne
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Smokejumper reunion time of reflection for local sergeant

 

September 30, 2021

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Missoula County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Robert Parcell took a ride in Miss Montana at the 1971 Smokejumper New Man Class 50th reunion last week. He was one of 39 that graduated in 1971.

MISSOULA - The 1971 Smokejumper New Man Class had a 50th reunion in Missoula on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22. The reunion included a flight in Miss Montana, the restored C-47 aircraft. Among the 18 in attendance from the 1971 New Man Class was Missoula County Sergeant Robert Parcell.

Parcell was among the 39 graduates of the 50 that started rookie training. He jumped from 1971 – 1974 and again from 1980-1983 after serving with the Marine Corps. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, Parcell was the only "jumping" deputy sheriff in the country. He remained qualified, trained and jumped with the Mi...



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