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Memorial in Montana for Forest Service firefighter

Associated Press

MISSOULA, Mont. – A memorial service was held Saturday in Missoula for a U.S. Forest Service firefighter who was killed battling a wildfire in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada.

The Missoulian reports Hotshot firefighting crews lined a lane to honor Justin Beebe, who died Aug. 13 when he was struck by a tree while fighting a 7-square-mile blaze ignited by lightning Aug. 8 about 200 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Beebe was a member of the Lolo Hotshots based in Missoula, Montana – one of a number of elite Forest Service crews called for the most dangerous wildfires in the West.

Beebe will be buried in his home state of Vermont.

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