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March 30, 2018 – A few minutes ago, Tahoe National Forest Service dispatchers read this sendoff over the radio as Liz Kurpies officially retires.

The Tahoe National Forest would like to recognize Elizabeth “Liz” Kurpies for her federal service.

Liz began her federal service with the US Army where she served from 1980 to 1983.

Her Forest Service career began in 1990 on the Lassen National Forest where she worked on E-173.

Liz came to the Tahoe National Forest in 1998, where she was assigned to E-32 on the Downieville Ranger District. She worked as an Assistant Fire Engine Operator before promoting to Fire Engine Operator in January of 2002. In June of that same year, Liz transferred to the Nevada City District as Patrol 51 and later became Patrol 33 after a district consolidation in 2004.

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Liz enjoys every aspect of fire prevention. She especially loves the Smokey program where works with children, meeting new people while she is out on patrol and her fire assignments in Arizona.

She looks forward to traveling and “sleeping in” after her retirement.

Liz, you will truly be missed.

We all wish you a happy retirement and the best of luck in all you future adventures.

Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service.

Editor’s note: Happy retirement Liz, you so deserve it. Thanks for your service!

2 replies on “Thank you for your service Liz Kurpies”

  1. Happy Retirement, Liz – it was truly a pleasure working with you! Your ever constant service to the public, care of the National Forest, and dedication to fire prevention have been an inspiration. Hope to see you out and about in the TNF this summer – having fun.

    Thanks, Pascale for posting this on Yubanet!

  2. We lived off grid at 5000 feet for 5 years. We always looked forward to seeing Liz on her rounds. She is a daughter of the forest and a open heart for humanity. I saw her arrive alone on scene of a lightening strike fire
    and contain it before any backup was able to arrive. The fire threatened our little town of 1860 vintage cabins and houses. She always stopped to check on us residents and cheered us up simply by her presence. We look forward to seeing you out in the forest enjoying the beautiful spaces you have cared for. Best Wishes Always

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