A Cody woman who has helped lead the fight for more benefits for firefighters following her husband’s death fighting a fire in Arizona is now being featured on a campaign ad by U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).
Cody wildland firefighter Tim Hart died June 2, 2021, a week after sustaining injuries while parachuting in to fight the Eicks Fire in New Mexico.
Following his death, Michelle Hart met with Cheney to discuss the challenges facing wildland firefighters. They then worked together to introduce “Tim’s Act,” which is legislation to overhaul federal firefighter pay, benefits and classification.
“I’m honored to be supporting Liz and am grateful that we have been able to work together to support wildland firefighters,” Hart said in a statement. “I’m proud to have her as my representative in Congress.”
In the one-minute ad she speaks of traveling to Washington, D.C., shortly after her husband died to meet with Cheney and fight for better benefits for the firefighters like Tim who risk their lives.
“She’s a true fighter on their behalf,” Hart said of Cheney at the end of the ad. “I look forward to continuing to get to work with her until these issues are fully resolved, and I know I have her commitment in doing that.”
Cheney is being challenged by land attorney Harriet Hageman, a Republican who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
The ad began running statewide Thursday. It’s the second ad Cheney has put out since filing for re-election at the end of May. Her first ad started running two weeks ago.