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James Alan Reinhardt

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A collection of model aircraft modified to show what they’d be like as fire bombers adorned James Alan Reinhardt’s office in the Minden Inn not long after he became East Fork Fire District’s second chief.

He said that he wanted to see what a variety of World War II bombers and other aircraft would be like as tankers.

A celebration of life is Oct. 2 at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden for Reinhardt, who died Aug. 14.

A native Nevadan, Reinhardt was born March 19, 1950 in Reno, and made Carson City his home.

He graduated with an agriculture degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, while riding bulls for the University Rodeo team and being a ski patrol member.

Reinhardt worked at the local List Ranch before becoming a crew supervisor and fire protection officer with the Nevada Division of Forestry for 14 years.

He was selected as East Fork’s second fire chief in 1994. He managed several of the biggest events of the 1990s, including the fire at Sharkey’s, the Autumn Hills Fire, and the flood of 1997.

According to his family, he was involved in a variety of organizations including President of Back Country Horseman and a member of the Washoe Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Seeing a need to coordinate various firefighting agencies, he was a founding member of the Sierra Front Wildland Fire Cooperators, a member of the Lake Tahoe Regional Fire Chiefs Association, Nevada Fire Chiefs Association and Nevada State Fire Fighters Association. He was also involved in the founding of the Quad County HazMat Team.

After his retirement from East Fork in 2000, he participated as a subject matter expert in the development of Nevada’s first comprehensive wildland assessment.

He is survived by wife Karen Louise (Bopp) Reinhardt, children Joshua Reinhardt, Courtney Long, Kevin (Brooke) Rohrbough, and three grandchildren, Alexis and Maddox Long, and Clayton Rohrbough, brothers Joe (Carolyn), Jerry (Allison) and Jack; six nephews and two nieces.

The family asks that donations be made in his name to Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, P. O. Box 1158, Minden, NV 89423 or Back Country Horsemen-Carson Valley chapter, P.O Box 4444, Carson City, NV 89702

Favorite anecdotes or memories should be brought in written form for the family’s memory book.