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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/24/2018 07:48 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/24/2018 07:48 AM
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Tribute to Fallen Fire Fighter Braden Varney by Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC...Congressman McClintock delivered the following tribute to fallen fire fighter Braden Varney before the House of Representatives: Mr. Speaker: I rise to honor a hero of the Sierra and to mourn his tragic loss. Braden Varney, age 36, gave his life Saturday night fighting the Ferguson Fire, which continues to ravage the forests near Yosemite Valley and threaten the communities of Mariposa County.




A second-generation bulldozer operator with Cal Fire, he was all alone that night -- cutting firebreaks to stop this monster fire when his dozer overturned in treacherous terrain. He was well-known to the people of Mariposa, being involved in many civic activities. He leaves behind a grieving widow, Jessica, and two small children, Malhea, age 5 and Nolan, age 3.

Our fire-fighters face mortal peril when they leave the safety and comfort of their homes and families to put themselves in harm’s way. They literally place their lives between our communities and the fires that can consume them. They know the danger better than anyone. Yet they do what they do anyway.

Mr. Speaker, to the Varney family, I can only express our profound respect, admiration, gratitude and sympathy on behalf of all those whom Braden died to protect.


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tragic loss
Posted on: 2018-07-24 08:28:14   By: Anonymous
 
tragic loss but so is the life of each american soldier who dies daily out on the front lines.

it is about time we honor them daily too.

anything less is unamerican.

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    Re: tragic loss
    Posted on: 2018-07-24 08:38:40   By: Anonymous
     
    Gloop.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-07-24 10:24:35   By: Anonymous
 
The same week this man was killed, we had 2 soldier's killed in Afghanistan! Did we see the same headlines for them? Most of you don't even know this happened and sadly enough most don't care! This firefighter's death is tragic, but to let the death of these soldier's go unnoticed is a crime!

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    Posted on: 2018-07-24 11:34:29   By: Anonymous
     
    Hear Hear!!! Well stated!!

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      Re: All lives matter!
      Posted on: 2018-07-24 14:56:43   By: Anonymous
       
      Hopefully, any soldier killed is honored in their home towns. When anyone is killed in our area we want to honor them. When they are killed trying to protect us it has even more impact.

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