The late Blain Sonnenberg, a 27-year-old member of the Sts’ailus First Nation near Agassiz, was known for his love for his two daughters, Brooklyn and Trezley. He took great pride in nurturing and spending time with them, playing and talking on the floor. Sonnenberg also found fulfillment in his new job as a wildland firefighter, a role he deeply loved and enjoyed.
Tragically, on a fateful day, Sonnenberg and three other firefighters lost their lives in a collision between their pickup truck and a semi truck. The news shocked and devastated his family, who struggled to comprehend the sudden loss of a young man with a promising future. They questioned how such a tragedy could have occurred.
In response to Sonnenberg’s untimely passing, the firefighting community in the eastern Fraser Valley organized a funeral procession to honor his memory. People came out of their homes to pay their respects, with fire trucks leading the way and lining the side roads to salute the procession. The ceremony concluded with a traditional service on the Sts’ailus First Nation, where Sonnenberg was laid to rest.
Throughout this difficult time, Sonnenberg’s family finds solace in their cherished memories of him as a proud father and dedicated firefighter. They remember his love for family, which always came first for him. In order to support Sonnenberg’s daughters and their mother, the family has initiated a GoFundMe campaign to provide financial assistance.
Blain Sonnenberg’s story reminds us of the selflessness and commitment displayed by firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect others and preserve nature. It serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve on the frontlines. Sonnenberg’s memory will live on through his loved ones and in the hearts of those who knew him.