When ‘They Saluted Him Home’ Thursday it was to honor his sacrifice both in the firefighting community and the military and it was to remember the hometown boy that grew up in Orofino with many of the same pastimes and pursuits of the other young people he grew up with in this small community.

The west side of the Orofino Bridge was lined with fire trucks, ambulances and other first responder vehicles while the east side of the Orofino Bridge was lined with people from fire, ambulance, law enforcement and of course community members. All were there to honor Thomas Patrick Hayes, ‘Tommy’ to some, as he was carried home.

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