Friends Remembered: Gerald W. Quigley

friends remembered
Gerald W. Quigley

Gerald W. Quigley, 73, of Grenada, Calif., died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. He was awarded the Carnegie Medal 46 years earlier after helping save a firefighter from suffocation in a gold mine, 132 feet below the ground, in Foresthill, Calif. The firefighter had entered the mine with breathing equipment to help retrieve a man who had become unconscious from lack of oxygen at a point about 2,700 feet from the mine’s entrance. The firefighter and others reached the man and carried him 30 feet toward the mine’s entrance, when the firefighter lost consciousness. Quigley, a forest fire apparatus engineer at the time, then entered the mine with breathing equipment, and, upon reaching the firefighter, revived him, and shared his breathing equipment with him while aiding him back to a safe area. Born in 1944 in Portland, Ore., he served the state of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for 29 years, retiring in 1955. He married his high school sweetheart, Marsha Sides. He is survived by his wife, three children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.