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BLM Firefighter Killed in the Line of Duty

by Chris Sorensen |

A Bureau of Land Management firefighter was killed Friday when he was hit by a falling tree.

Brett Stearns, 29, from Craig, Colo., was working with 12 other firefighters to clear trees at Freeman Reservoir, 15 miles northeast of Craig, said BLM spokeswoman Lynn Barclay.

The accident is still under investigation. Barclay said Stearns was hit by a falling tree and pronounced dead at the scene.

Funeral Information

Funeral services for Firefighter Stearns have been scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 1295 W. Ninth Street in Craig, Colo.