|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1971|
|Death: ||Aug. 30, 2013|
New Mexico, USA
*The heroism and selflessness of fire professionals must always be honored and remembered.*
Captain Token Mark Adams, age 41, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM. Inurnment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM. www.danielsfuneral.com
JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. — A firefighter missing for a week in a rugged New Mexico forest was found dead Friday atop a mesa, where he apparently had crashed his ATV, officials said.
Token Adams, a 41-year-old U.S. Forest Service fighter who disappeared Aug. 30 while checking a report of smoke, was found in a remote area not far from a road at about 11:45 a.m. Friday, authorities announced at an afternoon news conference.
Hundreds of volunteers, firefighters, search and rescue teams and the Civil Air Patrol had spent the past week been combing some 50 square miles of mesa tops and steep canyons east of Jemez Springs for Adams.
State Police spokesman Manny Gutierrez said Adams appeared to have been killed in a crash of his ATV, but authorities declined to speculate on whether he died immediately or how long he had been dead.
Adams, who grew up on the edge of the Sierra National Forest in California, was an experienced outdoorsman with extensive survival skills.
Adams was a Navy veteran and former member of the Kings River Hotshots in California. He had worked for the Forest Service for about 10 years. He worked in the Jemez Ranger District in northern New Mexico for more than a year and officials said he knew the area well.
Adams is from Coarsegold and is a graduate of Yosemite High School.
He is survived by his pregnant wife and a young son.
Gov. Susana Martinez sent her condolences to the firefighter's family.
"Token is an American hero, and he died in the way he lived: serving and protecting us," she said, adding that she also wanted to thank "every single man and woman who refused to quit looking until they found Token."
Vista Verde Memorial Park
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Amy Caddell
Record added: Sep 02, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116462173
God bless your soul and bring comfort to your family and friends. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.|
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