John Glenn, a 15-year trail volunteer with the Sierra National Forest who earned awards for his dedicated service, passed away Thursday after he sustained head injuries near Clover Meadow west of Cattle Mountain this week.
“We regret to inform you and share with the family of John Glenn our deepest condolences for his passing,” a release from the Sierra National Forest read. “John was a longtime volunteer working with the Sierra National Forest and died from injuries he sustained the prior day, engaging in the volunteer work he loved.”
Glenn, from Fish Camp, died while surrounded by his family at a hospital in Fresno, where he was airlifted after sustaining head injuries Wednesday afternoon.
Public information officer Iveth Hernandez said she didn’t have details yet as to how Glenn was injured, or any potential causes.
She said Glenn, who volunteered with everything from taking students on guided hikes to clearing fallen trees, recently earned an award from forest officials as “Volunteer of the Year” due to 4,000 hours he spent helping improve the beautiful land.
Sierra National Forest officials added in the release they will miss such a “beloved volunteer.”
“He was there not only as a volunteer but as a member of our family,” the release said. “He saw the importance of working to preserve the outdoors for future generations. His passion and love for the land made him an essential part to the operations of the forest in fulfilling our motto of ‘caring for the land and serving the people.’”
Forest officials will continue work with Glenn’s family to ensure their needs are being met. A date for funeral services hasn’t been set.