Ore. fire chief and firefighter training pioneer dies
Oscar "Sox" Lee, 92, taught crews fire science and firefighting tactics; he spent 50 years as a firefighter
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Retired Beaverton Fire Chief Oscar "Sox" Lee, one of the people responsible for Oregon's modern day firefighting techniques, died June 24 at age 92.
Sox, as his friends called him, understood the importance of training firefighters having spent decades as one, himself, said Brian Bay, who worked with Lee as a deputy state fire marshal.
In the early years, firefighters didn't get training or they learned on the job, Bay said. Teaching them fire science and firefighting tactics not only made the fire crews more efficient at putting out a blaze, it likely saved the lives of some firefighters.