Firefighter from Hilo honored with memorial service, 04 August 2018

Accessed on 05 August 2018, 0311 UTC, Post #17366.


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Fresno, California staged a large memorial service and motorcade for 31-year-old Brian Hughes, an elite firefighter from Hilo, Hawaii who perished fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.  Hughes was killed by a falling tree while he and his crew were battling an out-of-control fire near the popular national park.

Here’s the report from “The Honolulu Star-Advertiser”:

“Hughes was National Park Service fire captain and the leader of an elite “hotshot” crew responsible for fighting fires in rugged terrain.

He is one of four firefighters who have died in recent weeks while fighting wildfires.

Also today, California Gov. Jerry Brown called on President Donald Trump to help the state deal with another deadly and destructive wildfire season.

Inspecting the fire-damaged neighborhoods of Redding today, the governor also said California needs a statewide emergency alert system.

Brown says he is hopeful Trump will issue a so-called Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California. The declaration would help fire victims with unemployment assistance, food aid and legal and mental health counseling among other federal programs.

The declaration will also make counties and cities eligible for federal financial assistance and help with repairing the billions of dollars of damage done to infrastructure.

More immediately, the declaration will enable federal agencies to help battle the 17 major fires burning throughout the state.”

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Russ Roberts