'Into the Flames' book reflects on firefighter's escape from death
November 2, 2023
When Sandi Hilderman looked through her late brother's possessions, she found a package with hundreds of handwritten pages in a manila envelope. They were his stories from his career as a wildland firefighter.
"This is a story he never told our parents, although we knew he got injured," Hilderman said during a book tour in Condon on Oct. 25. "But it is a story about a fire and how he was trapped in one of them."
Her brother, Robert Ritchey, served as a wildland firefighter for decades at the end of the 20th century. In his book, compiled by Hilderman, Ritchey shares his time at the massive...