Fallen firefighter Brian Hughes remembered
A memorial service for Brian Hughes, the firefighter who died fighting the Ferguson Fire earlier this week, has been scheduled for Saturday in Fresno.
The service will take place in the Valdez Hall of the Fresno Convention Center at 702 M St and will begin at 11 a.m.
Hughes, 33, was struck and killed by a tree on the afternoon of July 29 during an operation on the east side of the fire. The Hilo, Hawaii native had been with the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots for the past four years and had worked as a firefighter for nearly 15 years. He began his career with an emergency fire and rescue unit in Fort Collins, Colorado called the Larimer County Yellow Jackets.
“He was always looking to gain as much knowledge as he could; he was always asking questions,” said Justin Whitesell, emergency operations director for The Larimer County Yellow Jackets who worked alongside Hughes during his two years in Fort Collins.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help raise money for Hughes’ fiance, who is three months pregnant. The GoFundMe page has already raised over $55,000 dollars.
The Sequoia Parks Conservancy has established a memorial page to honor Hughes. The memorial page contains information about Hughes, photos of him and the link to the GoFundMe. The page is also being used for attendees to RSVP.
“While we grieve and remember our brother Brian, it’s good to know how many people out there are thinking about him and his family,” said Arrowhead Hotshots Superintendent Joe Suarez. “There’s a huge amount of support pouring out of the community, and we feel that.”
Last week, Hughes was honored during a news conference during which he was remembered as a hard-working firefighter and a positive individual.
Hughes is the second firefighter to die while fighting the Ferguson Fire. The first was Braden Varney, a 36-year-old bulldozer operator, who was killed when his vehicle turned over.