Hon­ors for fallen fire­fighter – ‘There will be a baby Hughes’

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY ASH­LEIGH PANOO [email protected]­nobee.com

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

CRAIG KOHLRUSS ck­[email protected]­nobee.com

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.

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