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    Ed Polaski, Another American Hero, Not Just a Tool

    This guy was remembered as quite the hero when I worked in the Wallace/Silverton Idaho area following an absolutely devastating 1910 fire that killed 78 firefighters. You may recognize the Polaski as a classic wildfire fighting tool
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    .Pulaski's heroism resurfaced with discovery of tunnel - The ...

    P.S. I have a Pulaski, a very versatile tool when I need to cut roots , clear brush or dig. Needs frequent sharpening to keep edges sharp.
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    Interesting and moving story Fred. It's good that Ed Pulaski's courageous story is saved and honored.

    There's some good reading about the fire on this US Forest Service history page too. One is a report written by Carl Ritchie, the retired Forest Service archeologist mentioned in the article you posted and another with lots of clippings of newspaper articles and stories.
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    Here is another great story in the same topic area. Written by Norman Maclean (a fantastic writer who wrote the classic "A River Runs Through It").

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    If you have read "A River Runs Through It" or seen the movie, you know that Norm worked for the Forest Service as a young man. He also wrote another good book, "USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky" His son John also became a writer and wrote "Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire" (1999), and two other books, "Fire & Ashes" (2003) and "The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal" (2007).

    My official USFS model Pulaski usually rides in the back of my Ranger along with my line pack. Useful tool for many things.

    Another wildland fire fighting tool, the McLeod tool, was also named for a famous smoke eater.
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    Another tool. Ruana 10B "Smokejumper" favorite knife of western Montana smokejumpers.

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    Letter of commendation to "Big Ed" Pulaski dated 1910.

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5126256.pdf

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    when I worked in the Wallace/Silverton Idaho area following an absolutely devastating 1910 fire that killed 78 firefighters.
    Gee, Fred, you are a lot older than I thought you were.
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    I have 3 pulaskis that I got when I was moving some equipment around at an old DNR site in Shelton Washington. The YACC (young adult conservation corps) was also based out of there years ago. They are an indispensable tool. The DNR and some loggers also called them a "grub hoe"

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    Out in these parts a Grub Hoe, also known as a Mattock, has a pick in place of the axe blade. Same basic configuration beyond that detail.
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    While on the subject of Pulaskis, even though I love the look of the traditional tool, such as the Council, the more modern Rogue Pulaski is truly a working tool. The axe performance is excellent and so is the grubbing. The handle is slightly longer than the traditional length, which can be an advantage. In addition, the blades hold up extremely well to abuse.
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