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Local fire crews help plant a Ponderosa Pine on Tuesday morning in front of the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in memory of Brett Stearns. The firefighter died during a hazard tree abatement project June 26, 2009, at Freeman Reservoir. He was 29.

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The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit will recognize today the three-year anniversary of a firefighter who died while in the line of duty, according to a news release. "On June 26, 2009, the firefighting community lost one of our own (while) felling hazard trees in Northwestern Colorado," the release stated. Brett Stearns, an engine captain, died during a hazard tree abatement project at Freeman Reservoir, 15 miles northeast of Craig. He was struck by a falling tree. Stearns was 29.

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