Richard Simpson Bolt, Jr. (d. 1979)



Richard began his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service career on June 1, 1964, as a temporary bulldozer operator on Santee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina.  He became a career employee while stationed at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama.  Subsequently, Richard served in a highly commendable manner on Key Deer and Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida before coming to Okefenokee.   Richard was truly a dedicated refuge employee.  He gave his all, and ultimately his life, to the profession of which he was so proud.  Richard will always be remembered as an example in his private and professional life.  Richard's radio number, while he was stationed at Okefenokee, was "Unit 3."  "Unit 3" was subsequently retired as a memorial to Richard.

Cause of Death

Richard Simpson Bolt, Jr., age 48, a Biological Technician on Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge from July 12, 1974 until February 28, 1979, was mortally burned while attempting to plow out a wild fire in the Pocket (Forest Compartment No. 8) of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on February 15, 1979.  Richard was burned over 70% of his body and survived for 13 days while being treated at the Brook Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, before succumbing to his injuries.  Bolt's brave actions helped save a large number of folks who were in the local picnic area.