It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of fire apparatus engineer Tao Ryce. Tao passed away, suddenly, on March 23rd, 2021. Tao was a dedicated member of the fire department as well as an amazing father, husband, friend and community member. He lived his life with great intention and focus and truly embodied his name. Tao (in Chinese philosophy) the absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order. The Southern Humboldt community is hit hard by this loss and will miss Tao so much! Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts as we navigate through this difficult time.