President Obama calls firefighting Airmen heroes

We are a little late getting this to you, but the day after the North Carolina Air National Guard C-130 MAFFS air tanker crashed in South Dakota, killing four crew members and injuring two, President Obama released this statement:

Yesterday (Sunday), a military C-130 from the North Carolina Air National Guard crashed while supporting firefighting efforts in South Dakota. The full details are still under investigation, but the crew of this flight – along with their families and loved ones – are in our thoughts and prayers.

The men and women battling these terrible fires across the West put their lives on the line every day for their fellow Americans. The airmen who attack these fires from above repeatedly confront dangerous conditions in an effort to give firefighters on the ground a chance to contain these wildfires – to save homes, businesses, schools, and entire communities. They are heroes who deserve the appreciation of a grateful nation.

I know Americans across the country share my concern for the well-being of the surviving members of the crew and my deep condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. And I know that Americans join me in expressing my deepest gratitude for the selfless determination they and thousands of men and women involved in this fight in states across the country demonstrate every day.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “President Obama calls firefighting Airmen heroes”

  1. I as a wild land firefighter,am glad when these men arrive over head to help us battle these wildfires today,my crew arrived to the white draw fire just minutes afterwards,and we send our condolences to their families. John Wickert, crew boss. A.S.P. 4A Pendleton,Oregon.


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