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Video: Thousands Mourn Fallen Firefighters


  • KREM-TV screen capture
More than 80 vehicles, led by a handful of firetrucks and ambulances, took part in a procession Sunday as several thousand people participated in a memorial service for three wildland firefighters killed in central Washington earlier this month. The three were killed when the Twisp Fire changed directions, consuming the three when they crashed their vehicle trying to escape.

KREM-TV reports that 100 firefighters stood at attention, as friends and family of Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Tom Zbyszewski spoke of how the men were indeed heroes. Prior to the service, thousands more lined the streets of Wenatchee, Wash., to pay their respects.

"I've come to realize at the end of any given day, or at the end of a life, the only thing that matters is how many people you love and how many people love you," said Jennifer Zbyszewski in remembering her son, Tom.