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Published: Monday, July 1 2013 5:10 p.m. MDT

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Star Valley Ranch, WY

Were there any Baptists, Jews, Catholics, Lutherans, Agnostics, or any other belief there. Nobody cares what they do on Sunday. This Sunday they were all trying to protect lives and property.

Sandy, UT


The LDS community is pretty tight, worldwide.
And odds are very good that if they're LDS they have relatives in Utah.
This is a "Utah" paper.
That is why it's relative, no pun intended.
We mourn for all who were lost.
All were young men in the prime of their lives.
Yes, we are indeed interested and you should not be so defensive.

Bountiful, UT

Thanks for the article. It hits home harder when a victim has something in common, whether it be religion, nationality, a common medical condition, a mutual acquaintance, etc. Prayers for all affected by both the deaths and the horrible fires!

Roanoke, VA

How horribly sad for the young wife and children. I pray the peace of God that passes understanding will see them through this ordeal as best it can.

That first comment is a bit harsh.

Farmington, UT

Thanks to all those who put their lives on the line to protect us. Every now and then, the ultimate price is required and I salute those who willing pay that very high price. I pray for them, their families and their associates. May you all be comforted in your grief and realize there are those of us who greatly appreciate your personal sacrifice in our behalf.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


If the deceased firefighter had relatives in Utah, then that is the angle that should be explored, not his religion.

As a member myself, I am growing increasingly annoyed by the LDS angle constantly being played up. At best, it makes us look petty (like the life of a church member matters more than the other lives lost). At worst, it makes us look provincial and insecure.

Roanoke, VA

The "Mormon Times" does a nice, informative human interest piece on a "Mormon" - and the complaints come. Who is being insecure?

Cache county, USA

This is a lds owned news paper. So when a lds person dies, it's news.
And it should be.

San Antonio, TX

I live in Texas and was sad to hear of this tragedy. My interest grew when I read that of of the firefighters shared my LDS faith. I appreciate the kind and thoughtful comments that have been posted. I can't imagine how the family must feel as they deal with their loss. My god bless and comfort them.

Sad to see controversial comments from cedarcreek and sir robin on this type of article - just wish more respect for those are suffering could be demonstrated.

City, Ut

Thanks for this article.

Thanks to you too Bluto. Well said.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA


" just wish more respect for those are suffering could be demonstrated."

Actually we're the ones pushing for more respect for those who are suffering. 19 people died in this fire, not just 1 LDS person.

draper, UT

What does the fact that he was "LDS" have anything to do with the price of rice in China? What a stupid premise for a story. There are good LDS people, and there are horrible LDS people. The fact that he was LDS doesn't make the others' sacrifice any less significant or relevant.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

To those who question the point, the fact that 19 are dead has been well publicized. This is just additional news for those interested in an LDS perspective. If you are not, I have no idea why you would read this paper.

For the families of all, may they be comforted and blessed. These were heroic men. That is not an overstatement. There is no amount of money sufficient to pay someone to do that job. They do it out of love and service.

Chandler, AZ

Ryan... take a few extra seconds and cut and paste the names of the other victims.
We in Arizona are deeply saddened by this event and to single out one person seems odd?

Tucson, AZ

@Brave Sir Robin et al

...You who complain about this story being about an LDS firefighter. I don't get it--Deseret News is owned by the LDS church. I feel there is nothing wrong about this story.

@Brave Sir Robin you say that you as a member of the church are annoyed at the increasing LDS angle on people. That makes no sense to me. The story about the 19 deaths has already been reported. This is an additional background story to subscribers that are heavily LDS. (Like you.) I suggest then that perhaps you shouldn't read the Deseret News. I'm LDS. That's why I read this LDS-owned and LDS-oriented newspaper. I'm interested in reading about my LDS sisters and brothers in the news. No other paper in the world provides that "angle," of which I appreciate. (How DARE the Wall Street Journal write articles about finances and the stock market?!!!)

As others have posted, some people seek to find fault and seek ways to be offended. As the saying goes, if you stick your foot out far enough, it's going to get stepped on.

Vernal, UT

As a father of a daughter who worked for four years as a wild lands fire fighter I knew she loved her job but still every time she went on a fire I worried. My thoughts and prayers are with those families who have lost their loved ones. These men were fathers, husbands and sons, may their families be comforted and find some peace in knowing they were providing service to others.

Sandy, UT

@Robin, Batman and the rest

Every paper in America responds to the local angle of a story.
Who, what, why, when and where.
This is part of the who, for a "Utah" man who perished in the fire.
The people protesting so much here, are the same folks who have no problem when media reports ones LDS faith pejoratively.
Again, stop being so defensive.

Not Molly
Belgrade , ME

Mormons worldwide are a family. So essentially a family newspaper has announced that one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died was part of the family. That does not demean the death of the other 18 heroes.



Not sure if you have been paying attention, but the newspaper business as we know it is coming to an end. The Utah market isn't big enough for both the Des News and SL Trib to be successful. Des News has pivoted and instead of being a Utah paper, they are now an LDS paper. It makes more sense for them and they are meeting a demand. You better believe other religions have similar papers.

Mount Pleasant, UT

I agree with BigBuddha - all names should be published so that family and friends are aware. Tears come every time I think of these young men. No matter their religion it is a tragedy and one is not better than the other and all these families are suffering so deeply at the loss of their loved one..that is what we should be concerned about. I hope and pray these men did not know or feel pain, that they were taken swiftly. May the Lord's choicest blessings be with the families and friends of these fine, brave and willing fire fighters.

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