lunes, 31 de agosto de 2009

'Station fire' claims courageous firefighters

Their identities finally made public, firefighters Tedmund Hall and Arnaldo Quiñones became the first victims claimed by the still raging 'Station Fire' at Angeles National Forrest.

With full containment projected by September 15 at the earliest and conditions changing literally on a minute to minute basis, news of the death of these two courageous men has prompted renewed calls for the allocation of more resources and the launching of an investigation into the circumstances of these two deaths. Reinforcements and more fire equipment are arriving constantly around the clock, including manpower and land and air vehicular support from all over the United States and Canada. There have also been offers of assistance from the governments of countries with firefighting experience such as Australia, France and Russia.

Again, our heartfelt condolences and a sincere THANK YOU to the families of these two heroic firefighters that made the ultimate sacrifice in the fulfillment of their responsibilities and THANK YOU as well to all the brave women and men that are risking their lives while battling this horrendous and tenacious fire. God bless!

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Nacido en La Habana, Cuba, el 3 de diciembre de 1960. Emigra a Estados Unidos en 1980, a través del éxodo masivo de Mariel. Ganador de numerosos concursos de poesía, literatura y ensayo en Cuba y Estados Unidos. Publica su primer poemario, "Insomnia" en 1988, con gran acogida por parte de la crítica especializada y el público. Considerado por críticos y expertos como uno de los poetas fundamentales y representativos de la llamada Generación del Mariel junto a Reinaldo Arenas, Jesús J. Barquet, Rafael Bordao, Roberto Valero y otros.