NFFE Mourns Loss of Fallen Members in California Wildfire

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Contact:  Randy Erwin   (202) 216-4451 (office)   (202) 898-1866 (fax)  


Washington, DC – Richard N. Brown, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), today issued the following statement in response to news that three Forest Service workers and members of NFFE Local 1558 died yesterday in wildfire in northern California.  A fourth Forest Service worker, Engine Captain Mark Loutzenhiser, also perished in the blaze, and a fifth NFFE member was critically injured.


¡°We are deeply saddened to learn that our brothers in the Forest Service lost their lives in the line of duty yesterday.  These men died heroically, protecting the lives of California citizens.  We are forever indebted to those who have fallen.


 Â¡Â°This event is truly a great tragedy.  It demonstrates the tremendous sacrifice Forest Service workers make every day when they put their lives on the line to protect us. 

¡°Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and coworkers of the men who lost their lives. We pray for the safety of all the Forest Service firefighters who are serving our great nation.¡±



Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE currently represents 90,000 federal employees government-wide, including approximately 20,000 in the National Forest Service.  NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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