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Edward Edwin Crockett "Big Ed" Pulaski
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Birth: Feb., 1866
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1931
Kootenai County
Idaho, USA

Inventor. Hero. National Register of Historic Places site, The Pulaski Tunnel at Moon Gulch, Wallace, Shoshone County, Idaho is named for his actions. Developed "Pulaski Tool" still used today by United States Forest Service Rangers across USA. Saved lives of forty volunteers and United States Forest Rangers by holding crew at gunpoint in abandoned mine tunnel near Wallace, Idaho. All men overcome by smoke and passed-out. Five died. Ever after, he carried the scars on his hands and face from keeping fire at tunnel entrance. All tunnel survivors spent months in hospital. Respiratory difficulties remainder of their lives from fire injuries. He was honored by his father's homeland of Poland with the title of Count Edward Crockett Pulaski. 1910 fire destroyed nearly 5,000 square miles in two-day firestorm pushed by 80 mile per hour winds. Eighty-plus people died. Pulaski arrived in Wallace, Shoshone County, Idaho at age sixteen, working mines and mills for 25 years. USDA Forest Service Ranger 2 years when fire occurred. Married and had a daughter named Elsia C. Pulaski, aka: "Elsi." Monument to him and all fire fighters of 1910 fire, outside Wallace, Idaho on Moon Pass road to Avery, Idaho. Monument online photo at: http://www.wildlandfire.com. Died in auto accident. High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, has extensive exhibit on USDA Forest Service history, featuring Big Ed Pulaski.

Sources: 1. The Big Burn of 1910: A Missoulian Special Section, Mountains of Fire, by Sherry Devlin, published 2000 Missoulian, A Lee Enterprise Publication, accessed 7/27/2006, http://www.missoulian.com; 2. AOL.Hometown, Wallace,Idaho, accessed 7/25/2006, http://hometown.aol/Gibson0817/wallace.htm; 3. The Spokesman Review, Spokane, Washington, 8/20/2004, article: City readies tour of cemetery celebs, by James Hagenruber, accessed 7/29/2006, http://www.findarticles.com; 4. The Online Encyclopediea of Washington State History, Timeline Library, accessed 7/26/2006, www.historylink.org; 5. Book, "Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910" by Stephen J. Pyne, published 2001,2002 by Penguin Books; 6. Big Ed Pulaski and the Big Blow Up, by Gerald W. Williams, the national historian for the USDA Forest Service, Washington,DC., accessed 7/29/2006, http://myweb.cebridge.net; 7. Personal visit by submitter to the High Desert Museum, 59800 S. Highway 97, Bend, OR. 97702, on 7/3/2005; 1900, 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census; 8. W.Forsyth (Pulaski relative) email 5/22/2012; 9. wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com 5/22/2012 
 
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 Parents:
  Rudolph Randolph Pulaski (1840 - 1928)
  Celia Crockett Pulaski (1840 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  Emma Zenobia Pulaski (1867 - 1948)
 
 Children:
  Elsia Crockett Pulaski Feroglia (1902 - 1972)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Count Edward C. Pulaski
Feb 2 1931
 
Burial:
Forest Cemetery
Coeur d'Alene
Kootenai County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Section E, Block 40, Lot 6
 
Created by: L Pritchett
Record added: Jul 29, 2006
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Edward Edwin Crockett Big Ed Pulaski
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Edward Edwin Crockett Big Ed Pulaski
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thank you for your courage and service.
- redshoesgirl
 Added: Sep. 3, 2013
RIP
-Anonymous
 Added: Jul. 2, 2013

- Lance
 Added: Nov. 9, 2012
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