Ventura County Firefighter, Ryan Osler, left a lasting impression on Megan Raff and her family.
“He passed away in service to this city,” she says.
Raff owns Dare 2 Dream Farms in Lompoc . The farm sits on LaSalle Canyon and was in danger of burning down during the Canyon Fire at the Vandenberg Air Force Base.
She says Osler was one of the firefighters that helped keep her farm and more importantly her family safe.
“His whole crew was up here fighting the fire for a community that wasn’t even his,” says Raff.
She says when she found out that Osler had passed away during an accident just outside of Lompoc on Highway 246 last week, she knew she had to do something.
That’s when she says she decided to donate 100% of the proceeds from her family’s farm stand to his family.
So far, she says they have been able to raise more than $1,000.
Raff says before Osler passed away she had communicated with his wife. “We thanked her family’s sacrifice and we were devastated to hear about his death,” she says.
She says without Osler’s help and the help of the hundreds of other firefighters keeping the Lompoc community safe, her farm would not still be standing.
“If it would not have been for the help of the people that came out here to fight this fire, this canyon would have been burned,” she says.
A memorial for Osler along Highway 246 where the fatal accident happened keeps growing.
There are flowers, posters and a picture of Osler all in his memory.
Raff says the farm stand will be opened today until 7 p.m., on Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from Noon to 7 p.m.