July 14, 2018 - LODD
Heavy Equipment Operator Braden Varney, 36
Calfire - CA
The blaze broke out Friday night in Mariposa County, near the west end of Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest. Fire officials said it had burned about 150 acres.
Heavy Equipment Operator Varney worked through the night and was driving the bulldozer to cut a firebreak to keep the fire from extending into a nearby community, according to fire chief Nancy Koerperich. Investigators were working to determine further circumstances surrounding Varney's death, but they believe he was working his way out of the fire area when he was killed, Koerperich said. The bulldozer rolled over during the incident and first responders weren't immediately able to retrieve Varney's body, Koerperich said.
Today, 3 of the 5 LSC crew were able to honor the life and life's work of Sun Prairie Fire Captain Cory Barr, killed in the line of duty on 07/10/2018 during a natural gas explosion. Firefighter Ryan Welch was also seriously injured (pictured holding the United States Honor Flag). These brave men helped usher 60-100 patrons to safety immediately prior to the explosion, that happened roughly 25 minutes into the incident. He leaves behind a wife, and twin daughters who celebrate their 3rd birthday in July. An estimated 700 firefighters and LEOs from the region came to pay respect. Please take a moment to honor him, raise a glass for him, or say a prayer.
Photos by Tim Olk -JD
We are sad to learn of the passing of Capt. Cory Barr, Sun Prairie fire department, WI, in a natural gas explosion. An additional FF is in critical condition and multiple others have minor injuries. We are comprised of FF from the Madison. Milwaukee, and Fox Valley areas, and want to send our regards from all of our locals.
Awesome work, still trying to get them to do our dept. Shirts!
Wembley Fire Dept St. 6
West County Wrecking Crew
This project speaks volumes; its authenticity and style closely define my current work. I enjoyed every minute from table and soon, to the tee. Printing this week!
#RepostSave @illinoisvalleyfiredistrict with @repostsaveapp ・・・ IVFD responded to a commercial fire this morning. We want to thank the @grants_pass_firefighters, Rural Metro Fire and Gasquet Fire Department for assisting us with extinguishment efforts, overhaul operations and water supply operations. #IVFD#firefighter#structurefire#8900#Cshift