By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Washtucna man dies cleaning up storm debris

Community hard hit by May 30 storm


Last updated 1/4/2021 at 6:29pm

Karen Baumann/Special to The Journal

Fire Chief Dave Miller presents Garth Blauert's helmet to his son, Garrett.

WASHTUCNA - A local man was killed while attempting to remove a downed tree from his property June 1.

A 28-year veteran of the local volunteer fire department, Garth Blauert, 58, was cleaning up debris from the May 30 storm that crossed Eastern Washington bringing torrential downpours and high winds.

According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, the accident took place in the 1800 block of east state Highway 26 around 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 1.

Sheriff's deputies responded and assisted emergency medical services performing CPR.

Blauert was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the...

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