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October 19, 2017

United Conservatives mourn the loss of Cypress-area volunteer firefighter

United Conservative Interim Leader Nathan Cooper and MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat Drew Barnes have issued the following statement in response to the tragic death of James Hargrave, a volunteer firefighter killed while working to fight the wildfire in Cypress County:

“We were deeply saddened to learn that James Hargrave lost his life while fighting a wildfire in Cypress County on Tuesday evening.

“James was a pillar in his community, a hardworking Alberta rancher, a dedicated volunteer and a friend to all who knew him.

“Tragedies like this serve as a reminder of the danger that our first responders face on a daily basis and the sacrifices they, and their families, are prepared to make to keep us safe.

“Our hearts are with James’ wife and children as they grieve this terrible loss.”