Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Anniversary of Yarnell Hill and South Canyon Fires

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Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionPDF versionPDF version  WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 — This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy in Arizona and the 20 year anniversary of the South Canyon fire tragedy in Colorado. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today offered the following statement in tribute to the fallen: "This week, a grateful nation mourns the loss of the brave firefighters whose commitment to duty was so deep that they gave their own lives to protect others. We also extend our profound sympathies to the families of the fallen, whose sacrifices are equally worthy of honor." "As we press on through another challenging wildfire season, we are reminded yet again of the perils our firefighters face as they protect communities from wildfire. On behalf of the American people, thank you to those who keep us safe." # USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users). News Source : Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Anniversary of Yarnell Hill and South Canyon Fires
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