The Wenatchee World



The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast


Lo28° Snow


Hi33° Chance Snow

Saturday Night

Lo26° Snow Likely


Hi32° Snow

Sunday Night

Lo26° Slight Chance Snow


Hi29° Mostly Cloudy

Monday Night

Lo19° Mostly Cloudy


Hi28° Partly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo19° Patchy Freezing Fog


Hi27° Patchy Freezing Fog

There's more to the story about both John Knighten and Christina Alford

Send to Kindle
Print This
John Knighten
John Knighten

Sometimes, after a story appears in the paper, some intriguing aspects come to light that add perspective.  In the past week or so, a couple of those surfaced.    On Independence Day, we ran a brief obituary for John Knighten, a Spokane firefighter with roots here in the  Wenatchee Valley who passed away at age 45.  What was unreported was that Knighten died of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that is presumed to have been caused by Knighten inhaling carcinogens while fighting fires. So, in reality, Knighten died in the line of duty as much as any firefighter who perished in a blaze.   A 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department and a former Marine, he will receive a line-of-duty funeral with military honors.    Knighten was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and endured two bone marrow transplants, one from his brother. Here are some details provided by Trina Knighten, his sister-in-law.   "John and his family moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 1976. He wrestled all through high school and graduated from Eastmont in 1986, He was involved in a youth firefighting program with the Wenatchee Fire Department when he was in high school. He joined the Marine Corp in 1986.  After serving for four years with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he joined the Spokane Fire Department in 1994 where he was voted top recruit."   His heroic battle with cancer  was chronicled on the website Knighten's service is at 1 p.m. Monday at the Spokane Convention Center.    --------------   I also discovered an inspiring aspect t to the story about Christina Alford, a homeless woman who is in the Bruce Transitional Housing program. Pastor Thom Nees, who runs Missio Dei Church that rents space in our former press room, emailed me this week that Alford was browsing through garage sale items a week ago Saturday when that tumultuous rainstorm hit. She and a friend wasted no time in helping carry goods for sale under cover to help out, Nees reported.

At the time I interviewed  her, Alford and others talked about wanting to give back to the community. Helping out someone in need shows it was more than just talk. It also challenges the popular myth that people like Alford who are struggling are  "takers" and not "contributors." s