10.01.20

'Baby Yoda' doll donated by 5-year-old Oregon boys makes its way to Cameron Peak fire crew

A new companion arrived this week to keep the Cameron Peak firefighters company while they fight the state's third-largest fire in history — a Baby Yoda doll.

The toy made its way to Cameron Peak firefighters after initially being donated to teams fighting wildfires in southern Oregon. Five-year-old Carver and his grandmother dropped the toy and other supplies off at a donation center in Oregon that was started by resident Tyler Eubanks.

Carver gave the firefighters the Baby Yoda doll with a note attached that said: "Thank you Fire Fighters. Here is a friend for you, in case you get lonely."

"When he dropped off Yoda, everyone (at the donation center) started crying," Eubanks said. 

"The Child," commonly called "Baby Yoda" by fans, is a main character in "The Mandalorian," a Disney+ series based in the Star Wars universe.

Baby Yoda visited crews at three Oregon wildfires before a medic offered to drive the doll down to Larimer County to keep fire crews there company while they fight the Cameron Peak Fire. 

"I (heard) when he got to Colorado people were yelling with excitement," Eubanks said.

Baby Yoda made his first appearance with the Cameron Peak Fire crew during Monday night's livestream update on Facebook. 

"A little boy, 5 years old, didn't want our firefighters to be lonely, so he sent his Baby Yoda to our firefighters," a crew spokesperson said during the update.

Eubanks has been tracking Baby Yoda's journey on a Facebook page called "Baby Yoda fights fires."  

Since Baby Yoda's arrival in Larimer County, Eubanks has shared photos on Facebook with Baby Yoda posing with fire crew members and working hard on morning mission briefings.

Eubanks said firefighters and other crew members have gotten creative with their photos and enjoy sharing a behind-the-scenes look at their jobs with the world.

"I think it's a really big morale booster for them," Eubanks said. "They get to highlight their job that they're doing."

"The reaction has been nothing but overwhelmingly positive," Eubanks said. 

Now that Baby Yoda is a "free agent," Eubanks said fire crews in Utah, Arizona and California have asked for Baby Yoda to visit. Officials in Australia have also asked to have Baby Yoda visit their crews during their fire season, Eubanks said. 

"(The crews) tell me, 'Thank you so much, I can't wait to see the pictures on the page.' I say, 'No, thank you ... you're the heroes,' " Eubanks said.

 

By: Sandy Swanson

Coloradoan