A Tukwila firefighter died after a motorcycle accident on Interstate 5 near Fife on Saturday.
Jason William Karwhite, of Auburn, was riding his Harley-Davidson when the accident occurred, according to the Tukwila Fire Department. He was 42.
Karwhite had been a firefighter since 1996. He started as a volunteer firefighter with King County Fire District 44 from 1996 to 1998, then joined the Bellingham Fire Department, where he worked for seven years. He moved to the Tukwila Fire Department in 2005 and served the majority of his time at Tukwila Fire Station 54, near Foster High School. He rose to many leadership and instructor positions, the department said.
“Throughout his career in emergency services, Jason was not one to sit on the sidelines,” the Fire Department said in a news release.
He participated in 9/11 memorials in New York City twice, honoring those who died in the attacks. He also traveled to Thailand to instruct a group of firefighters in current fire-investigation methods.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, and two children, ages 12 and 14.
A memorial service for family, friends and emergency-service personnel will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the River of Life Church, 1015 S.E. 216th St., Kent. All emergency-service personnel are invited to attend.