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California's firefighter killed while fighting with flames near Yosemite National Park



A California fireman who used a bulldozer to prevent a fires spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, said fire brigade.

Braden Varney, 36, a CalFire heavy fire equipment operator, however, in the morning hours, said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"This will really be devastating for his family and those of us who call him family here with CalFire," says fire manager Nancy Koerperich. "But we all know in the firefighting world, it's a hard job, it's a dangerous job , and Braden will fail. "

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Varney is survived by his wife, Jessica, daughter Malhea, 5, and son Nolan, 3.

(CalFire)

"This will really be devastating to the family and those who call him family here with CalFire. But we all know in the firefighting world it's a hard job, it's a dangerous job and Braden is coming much to be missing. "

– Chef Nancy Koerperich, CalFire

Varney had worked through the night and drove the bulldozer to cut a fire extinguish to keep the fire reaching a nearby community, Koerperich said.

The bulldozers rolled over during the incident and the first respondents could not immediately get Varney's body, she said.

The fire broke out on Friday night in Mariposa County, near the western end of Yosemite National Park and

Firemen said it had burned about 150 hectares.

Investigators worked to determine further circumstances about Varney's death, but they think he worked his way out of the field when he was killed, Koerperic said.

"Braden is known by everyone in Mariposa County and is a star in our society and is a friend of all," said Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies.

"Braden is known by everyone in Mariposa County and is a star in our society and is a friend of all."

– Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered flags at the State Capitol to fly to half-staff to commemorate "a man who devoted his life to protecting his colleagues."

Varney had worked for CalFire for 10 years. His father also worked as a CalFire heavy equipment operator.

"He was a member of the community, where he lived, protecting the area where he grew up," says CalFire spokesman Scott McLean, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Varney is survived by his wife, Jessica, daughter Malhea, 5 and son Nolan, 3.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.


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