Fallen Firefighter Honored


(KCRA/NBC News) An emotional remembrance ceremony was held Sunday in honor of fallen California firefighter Braden Varney.

Varney was killed on July 14 while working on a containment line around the Ferguson fire, burning near Yosemite National Park, when the bulldozer he was operating rolled over.

Jaime Williams, a Cal Fire spokesperson who worked with Varney, and his father Gordie Varney, at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said he considered Braden as more of a sibling.

“He was one of the most loving, patient, genuine and protective friends that I have ever had,” Williams said.

Varney was a second-generation heavy fire equipment operator at Cal Fire, just like his dad. The father-and-son team often worked on the same fire line, according to Cal Fire.

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