Honors for fallen firefighter – ‘There will be a baby Hughes’
Hundreds gathered in downtown Fresno on Saturday morning to honor Brian Hughes, the firefighter who lost his life in the Ferguson Fire on July 29. The 50-vehicle procession carrying Hughes’ body crossed through Inyo and M streets at 10 a.m. below a billowing American flag tied between two fire truck ladders.
Smoke hung thick in the summer sky, a sign that the fire Hughes lost his life battling is still raging in the nearby mountains.
Inside Valdez Hall, Hughes’ colleagues and family remembered him as dedicated, selfless, positive and hard-working.
The 33-year-old was a captain with the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots, a team of firefighters trained to go into the toughest, most high-risk fires. He lived in Squaw Valley in Fresno County. He was working on the east side of the fire when he was struck by a tree on July 29. Brian Hughes
Before his death, Hughes was expecting a baby, due next February, with his fiancée, Paige Miller.
Hughes was looking forward to being a
Fresno firefighters watch as a fire truck procession with about 50 trucks from various agencies around the state caravans through downtown Fresno and below an American Flag held up by two Fresno City Fire Department ladder trucks on Saturday.
Honor guard and pall bearers carry the coffin of Brian Hughes, a captain with the Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots who was killed by a falling tree while fighting the Ferguson Fire.