Death of firefighters leaves families in mourning and officials searching for answers


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  • Grace Bakersfield, CA
    June 5, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    These families and children are being prayed for. Please keep us updated with tangible ways & addresses where those who wish to help can go. Thank you. Such a tragedy.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    Wait for the final report until making conclusions. Have a landing gear failure on a sister aircraft will put the focus on maintenance or replacement.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    June 5, 2012 8:20 a.m.

    With all due respect to these men and their families, many, if not most of the aircraft used in wild land firefighting is antiquated and dangerous to fly at all; much less to be used in very hazardous conditions.

    The airplane was introduced in 1947 and discounted by the military in 1984.

    Over the next few days and weeks, we'll read comments from federal officials expressing their condolences, etc. It's too late for that. While DC is way too intrusive in our lives, fire fighting is one area where the feds need to spend a very little bit of the bloated budget to get these old airplanes out of service and replaced with ones that are not only safe, but effective!

  • Richard Allan Jenni Ocean City, NJ
    June 4, 2012 10:38 p.m.

    When heroes die, words seem so empty and inadequate. May God bless and comfort their families.

  • Reasonandlogic LEHI, UT
    June 4, 2012 6:14 p.m.

    God Bless the family of these men... true heroes that are sometimes overlooked. I have personally witnessed the extreme danger these tanker crews put their planes into to save communities and fight fires. I hope they find peace where ever they may be now.