USMC Veteran, Forest Service Firefighter wins patriotic quilt – nominate a veteran for the next drawing


Tri-County Economic Development District News Release [Colville, WA, May 27, 2021] Quilters Judy Lockner and Valerie Lamont recently created and donated another patriotic quilt which was raffled off to a local veteran. The free drawing took place in early May at a veterans’ event in Kettle Falls. The winner, Scott Smith, served as a United States Marine Corps Heavy Machine Gunner from 1993-1997. Following his tour of duty with the Marines, Smith joined the ranks of the Flagstaff Hotshots in Arizona and pursued a career fighting wildland fires. That path eventually led him to a position on the Colville National Forest, where he continues to serve in fire leadership as well as work with incident management teams nationally. Smith was entered to win by an unknown friend, so the win came as a surprise to him.


Lamont and Lockner have created a total of 10 quilts that have all found homes with local veterans. “We hope that the quilts will offer comfort and underline our appreciation for their many sacrifices” Lamont says of the program.


Entries for the next Veteran Quilt drawing are being accepted now. If you would like to nominate a veteran or are a veteran yourself, you may submit an entry for the drawing at the TEDD office, 986 S Main, Colville, WA, 99114 or email We will be accepting electronic entries through the TEDD Facebook page. All local veterans are invited to enter and anyone can submit entries nominating a local veteran that they know. If you are interested in sponsoring the next veteran quilt, or for more information, please contact Liv Stecker at 509-684-4571.