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Big Island first responders honor life of Hilo native who died fighting CA blaze

The 33-year-old is the second firefighter killed in the massive wildfire. (Image: Brad Torchia) The 33-year-old is the second firefighter killed in the massive wildfire. (Image: Brad Torchia)
HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Big Island first responders held a memorial procession on Sunday to honor the life and memory of Fire Captain Brian Hughes, a Hilo native who died battling a treacherous California wildfire.

The 33-year-old died after he was struck by a tree while battling a wildfire raging near Yosemite National Park. Hughes was the second firefighter to be killed in the massive California blaze that scorched thousands of acres.

He was on the front lines and second-in-command of an elite firefighting team know as the Arrowhead Hotshots at the time of the fire. 

The Hilo memorial procession, which included several Hilo firefighters and police officers, began at 11:00 a.m. at Bayfront Park by the King Kamehamhea Statue and continued to the Hilo Yacht Club. 

Hughes' family also hosted a memorial reception for close family and friends of the fallen firefighter at the Hilo yacht Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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