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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Frog Fire LODD: Today's Procession, Moving Captain David Ruhl From Alturas to Mt. Shasta.


This morning's procession, moving Captain David Ruhl from Alturas to Mt. Shasta. 

Gov. Jerry Brown, who declared a state of emergency for California on Friday because of the fires, expressed his condolences.

"Firefighter Ruhl will be remembered for his service and bravery and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues with the U.S. Forest Service," Brown said in a statement.
Wildland Firefighter Foundation's photo.
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This mornings procession, moving David Ruhl from Alturas to Mt. Shasta. Thoughts are with his family and all of his firefighting brothers and sisters.
Wildland Firefighter Foundation's photo.

Captain David Ruhl served as an engine captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City, South Dakota.

On June 14, Captain Ruhl was temporarily assigned to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest as an assistant fire management officer.
Captain Ruhl – a Black Hills National Forest Engine Captain – was reported missing July 30 while helping battle the Frog Fire in Modoc National Forest, just outside Alturas in Northern California, according to a statement by the U.S. Forest Service and Ruhl’s body was found at 6 a.m. July 31, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Captain Ruhl is survived by his wife, Erin, and their two children. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 14 years and previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Brown's statement.

An ongoing investigation is slated to include an autopsy, which is scheduled for early next week, and a review of the circumstances surrounding Ruhl’s death, the U.S. Forest Service said.
The U.S. Forest Service has put together a so-called Coordinated Response Protocol team to review the fatality. Its members, who have experience in areas of fire management, law enforcement, human performance and more, will begin their work on Aug. 3. The completed final report will be made public, the U.S. Forest Service said.

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