Condolences

From the Arrowhead Hotshots Guestbook  ~  October 3, 2004 to October 27, 2004.

 

Michael Chiodini

San Juan Bautista, CA

October 27, 2004
10:00 AM
 

Thanks for the impressive tribute to Dan. He was working with the best. Mike.


Crater Lake NP Fire/Rx Crew

Crater Lake, OR

October 26, 2004
04:45 PM
 

Truly sorry and saddened to hear of the loss of Dan. It is especially hard to feel it so close to home. Thoughts and prayers.... let's not forget the past or Dan's memory, but allow it to guide our futures.


Douglas Elliott

Lakeside CA

October 22, 2004
04:25 PM
 

Arrowhead Family I will not be able to make to Memorial this weekend. My thoughts and prayers to all the crew and family. I did not know Dan but share a deep kinship within the firefighter family. I continue to work in the fire service and still use the "Hotshot" work ethic in my everyday chores. Those years on the crew will always be with me. I am proud to have been an "Arrowhead Hotshot. Captain Douglas Elliott aka Moondoggie 1981-82 El Cajon Fire Department



Jack Voigt

Carbonado WA

October 21, 2004
01:27 PM


SEKI - Fire Monitors

Three Rivers, CA

October 20, 2004
02:03 PM
 

It's been a hard couple of weeks, but finally able to write in. We send our strength and condolences. Our hearts are with your crew, everybody at SEKI and Dan's family. Here's a joke. What did the elephant say to the naked man? -That's cute, but can it pick up peanuts? Hang in there and hope to see you guys out in the fire world working hard, having fun and doing what we love. Love and hugs from the Fire Monitors.


Bill Gallagher

Grand Canyon, AZ

October 20, 2004
12:32 AM
 

Arrowhead, I was very sorry to hear of the loss of one of our own. While I didn't know Dan, the write-up in the Flagstaff paper and everything I've read on this site made it obvious that here was a man who really LIVED the years that he had among us. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his family and to the crew. "the Beef" '98


Breckenridge Crew - Steve Griffin

Havilah, Ca

October 19, 2004
04:22 PM
 

Brit, the crew and Dan's Family, Myself and the Breckenridge crew offers our condolences, although we did not know Dan, he was a fellow firefighter, and my connection of having the honor of having been an Arrowhead Hotshot in the early 90's hit me hard as if a family member, has fallen. Dan will be remembered in all sorts of ways, because now every wildland fire firefighter will have a connection with him. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.


Bruce Barker

Rochester Fire dept. NH

October 19, 2004
04:02 PM
 

Hi guys hope you are all well.


Steve McCabe

June Lake, CA

October 19, 2004
03:22 PM
 

Britt, Jake, crew and family. Please accept my condolences for Dan's tragic death. I feel like I have lost a member of my extended family. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Dan it is obvious from reading these entries that he set an example for us all of how to live a life well. Best regards - Steve.


Scott Galland

Inyokern, Ca.

October 18, 2004
08:43 PM
 

Arrowhead Hotshots, Dans family and friends it saddens me to hear of the loss of a hotshot brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. T-bone


John Hunter

Arcata, CA

October 18, 2004
02:40 PM
 

I was an Arrowhead Hotshot back in 1981, so I never had the honor to know Dan Holmes. Somehow, however, I feel like I did know him and my heart is truly sad about this horrible loss. I suspect that he would want the crew to continue its tradition of professionalism, guts, and hard work. I will be thinking of Dan, his family, his friends, and the crew. I appreciate very much being contacted by Jake about this tragedy, and am again reminded of the fragility of life.


Bill Morris

Portland, Oregon

October 18, 2004
12:02 PM
 

My thoughts are with you and Dan's family. My sincere condolences. Bill


Boise Hotshots

Garden Valley, ID.

October 18, 2004
08:27 AM
 

Britt, crew, and family, sorry for your loss. We did not know Dan, but hearing all the stories being told of him, he sounded like a true Hotshot!


martinez family

fontana california

October 18, 2004
03:16 AM
 

so sorry for your loss are hearts go out to you and your family. we didn't know dan but we feel that we did. we know alot of c.d.f. firefighters and we understand all the courage and devotion to the job they do. they are true heroes!!!!! bless you all. and always be safe!


chuck cosgrove

plainville,ct

October 16, 2004
01:03 PM


Taylor Stephens

Denver, Colorado

October 16, 2004
07:53 AM
 

My respect, admiration and condolences during this difficult time. Let every day reflect our devotion and gratitude to those of us who have gone on.


TH White



October 15, 2004
01:54 PM
 

Brit...Crew...just want you to know that Hobart sends blessings on you all. We look toward an opportunity to pay our respects and express our Solidarity. The Blackshirts are thinking of yous'.....17A


Valentine C. Linch

Glennville, CA

October 14, 2004
09:24 PM
 

The boys and i are sorry for your loss. I hope that others will learn from this and maybe it will save lives in the future.


Alissa Resch

Washington DC

October 14, 2004
01:52 PM
 

Dear Brit, Rich & Crew, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad & difficult time. Love you all very much. Peanut.


Brando

Johnson, VT

October 14, 2004
01:13 PM
 

Hello all- We have launched a self-posting website for Dan. [ http://DanHolmes.org ] and post a story and photo. Our way of carrying Dan's legacy forever. Our hearts go out to his Family. We love you. http://danholmes.org


Rachel Mazur

Three Rivers, CA

October 13, 2004
11:39 PM
 

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Dan. His smile goes straight to the heart. The love and support that the crew, its extended family, and Dan's family show for one another is beautiful. I hope it helps you through this difficult time. I'm thinking of you all and sending love and hugs. From reading the articles and comments, it is clear that the love and support that the hotshot crew and its extended family have is strong, and I hope it will help you through the sadness and loss of Dan.


Shaunna DuVett

Sacramento Metro Fire

October 13, 2004
10:56 PM
 

Brit, crew, family and loved ones, I am deeply saddened by your recent loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this tragic time. My heartfelt condolences go out to you all - take care and lean on each other for strength, support, love and peace. God bless, S.


Valerie Garneau

Dover, NH

October 13, 2004
06:04 PM
 

I met Dan's crew in Rochester last thursday evening. I couldn't express to them enough that what they do makes them heros. I can see that Dan was blessed working with these AWESOME people. I hope I can see you all again sometime.


Amy Ziegler, Ex-Horseshoe HS

Six Rivers NF

October 13, 2004
01:46 PM
 

Brit, crew, family, and friends, I am really sorry to hear about Daniel Holmes and the loss that you are all suffering right now. I pray that the good memories will someday soon ease your sadness. Amy


Dick Martin, Park Superintendent, SEKI

Three Rivers, CA

October 13, 2004
01:27 PM
 

Dear Hotshots, I want you to know that I consider the Arrowhead Hotshots and Dan Holmes to be a part of my family. Many of you know that my son Craig, was an Arrowhead Hotshot for several seasons. So we have a close family connection. In addition, the Hotshots are a part of our SEKI family. I am immensely proud of your professionalism and dedication. You always reflect superbly on SEKI, on NPS and on the firefighting profession. Also, as a young man I was a red-card carrying firefighter for over 20 years. So it is with pride that I call you all part of my extended family. I know that Dan Holmes passing has hit you all terribly hard. I am having significant difficulty dealing with it myself. In fact, I've only just now, today felt that I could express some thoughts on this tragedy. Let me make some comments for whatever comfort they can bring. Dan Holmes is a hero. He was a hero for his desire to pursue his chosen profession. He was a hero for his adventurous spirit. He was a hero for his dedication to national parks and the environment. He was a hero for his courage as a firefighter. He was a hero for the example of service to a cause greater than one's self that he set for us all. Bottom line: Dan Holmes is a hero. He will live on as such in my mind, and I'm sure yours as well, forever. When the Park Dispatcher called me on Saturday, October 2, 2004 and advised me that that one of our finest had fallen, I vowed to myself that Dan Holmes legacy to these parks and to firefighting would be one that he would be proud of. I want us all to remember Dan for the great person that he was, as a person who made a positive difference in wildland firefighting. When firefighters anywhere remember Dan Holmes, as they will often, I want to assure that they remember him for the hero that he is. The several activities in honor of Dan Holmes that occurred last week I know helped all of us to deal with his death to some degree. We are looking forward to having a local memorial that will be soon scheduled. As we look farther forward, we will be considering the most respectful and appropriate way to assure Dan's memory and legacy live on as a permanent part of SEKI history. All ideas and suggestions will be welcome in this process. As we move ahead it is my full expectation and direction that you each will take care of yourselves and each other. I expect this from the entire park staff and NPS. As I started these comments I mentioned family. I believe Dan Holmes would want us, as family, to come through this terrible tragedy even stronger than before. We will be a stronger family by supporting and caring for each other. I know you all will do that. My thoughts and heart are with each of you. Dick Martin Superintendent Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks National Park Service


Vince & Sue Franklin

Miramonte, CA

October 13, 2004
01:16 PM
 

Dear Arrowhead Hotshots, Vince (Maura Franklin's brother) and I would like to send our condolences to Danny Holmes' family, friends, and the Arrowhead Hotshots. During this incredibly difficult period we would like you to know how much we appreciate all that you do for us as a nation and also locally. I hope that if there is anything Vince (he works at Cedar Grove) or I can do to help make this an easier journey for any of you, please feel free to contact us at our email account, cuttbow@inreach.com. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you all find a peaceful place to remember Danny. Love & Peace, Sue Franklin


Jules

October 13, 2004
10:38 AM
 

Hotshots....I will NEVER be able to express my gratitude. I have never before experienced the amount of love and support from any one group of people. My journey there, your hugs, memories and smiles have given me strength and warmth that I thought impossible to feel during a time such as this! Thank you for everything you have done. You are an incredible crew. Much, MUCH love, Jules


Matt Snider

Mineral, CA

October 13, 2004
09:55 AM
 

Brit and all Please know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time. As an arrowhead alumni who has been through a very difficult time professionally.  I can empathize a bit with what you are going through. One of the places that I found solace during 2000 was finding a home and a very supportive environment to heal, and that place was where you all are now. It is my sincere hope that you all will take care of each other as well as yourselves. Know that you are in the thoughts of a former Arrowhead hotshot who looks back at his time at Swale with the utmost pride. Stay strong, stay proud - Matt


Alex Patterson

Prince George British Columbia Canada

October 13, 2004
07:04 AM
 

My prayers and thoughts for your fallen Team mate Dan. I had the opportunity to work with the Mnt Taylor and Smokey Bear hotshots this past summer. It has given myself and my base a new level to work towards as the level of professionalism that was shown is what make us all get up and go to work each day on the fire line. We will always be around to help in any way possible. Alex Patterson BC Forest Service Fire Protection Branch.


Dee Burke

Rochester NH

October 13, 2004
05:27 AM
 

As Danny's mom, i can't tell you all, each and everyone who has written on this site, how grateful i am for your love and concern! I know it is your love and prayers that have given me (and my incredible family) the strength to do the things we've had to do in these days since 10/2. I always knew what a bright and shining star my Danny was, but to hear from all over the world...its awe inspiring! The brotherhood of Firefighters and Park Service folks is indescribable (sp) i could not have gotten thru these dark days without you. There are always a million "Danny stories" in our family, i have loved hearing more from friends across the country. To "my" Arrowhead family: you are incredible I love you all and thank you for being who you are See you soon Love and hugs to all Dee


Cheryl Hogan a.k.a. Marmot

Truckee, CA

October 12, 2004
08:29 PM
 

Brit, Arrowhead crew and Dans family - May time heal your pain, but never the memories and love you all shared - My prayers are with you all.


KAREN HOLMES (step-mom)

westfield, ma

October 12, 2004
08:25 PM
 

I'VE KNOWN DAN FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS, AND WATCHED HIM GROW FROM AN ENERGETIC YOUNG TEEN INTO A STRONG, INDEPENDENT, LOVING MAN. HIS LOVE FOR ADVENTURE ALWAYS MADE FOR STIMULATING CALLS AND VISITS. HE RAISED SPIRITS, SPREAD KINDNESS, AND ACCEPTANCE TO ALL WHO HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIM. HIS WILL TO PRESERVE OUR WORLD FOR OTHERS TO ENJOY WILL ENDURE. I WILL NEVER FORGET DAN'S' HUGS. WHEN YOU'VE BEEN HUGGED BY DAN YOU KNOW YOU'VE BEEN HUGGED..I AM GREATLY BLESSED BY KNOWING DAN, AND WILL MISS HIM.


Jake Akerberg

Swale, CA

October 12, 2004
03:04 PM
 

I was Bubbles Saw partner. I want to thank everyone for their support. I can not say enough about the wildland fire fighter foundation. We will never forget you Dan. I know you will have my back every time I fall a tree. Thank you all. P.S. Don't drink to much soy!




October 12, 2004
12:51 PM

Thanks for posting the beautiful new photos of Danny.


Wildland Firefighter Foundation

Boise, Idaho

October 12, 2004
12:48 PM

To Dan's family & Arrowhead Hotshots, It is in the quiet and gentle moments that contact is made from the other side. Look for them, Dan will be there. You have our love and support in this bewildering time of why.


Matt Duveneck

Amherst, Ma

October 12, 2004
12:21 PM

Brit and crew: I recently defended my master's thesis from UMass-Amherst in crown fuel modeling in pitch pine. The dedication know reads: To the memory of Daniel Holmes - Arrowhead Hotshots 2004. Although I did not know Dan personally, his story reminds me of the fire fighters I have worked with that demonstrate pride, safety, and teamwork. These Arrowhead principles were the foundation for my study of wildland fuels and fire. Thank you Arrowhead and may Dan’s life be remembered.


Dale Springer

Boise, ID

October 12, 2004
11:48 AM

Just wanted to express my deepest condolences to Dan's family and the crew. I pray that Dan's family and the crew shall have the courage to carry on in a job well done in light of such a completely tragic incident. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...


Jonathan Bextel

Jackson, WY

October 12, 2004
09:46 AM

Dan is one of the greatest people to ever touch my life. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I Know we don't say it enough but I LOVE YOU ALL! "Homeslice" will never be forgotten, and I look forward the the day we will meet again. M.J. dance party will not be the same without you. I LOVE YOU DAN! J.Bextel


Joseph Santana

Whittier, CA

October 11, 2004
08:28 PM

To the many, many members of Dan's community: On behalf of the thousands of former hotshots who long to be on the line with you guys, we extend our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Many of us are living out our lives, always remembering, the incredible people who continue to be of service. For those who were in his intimate circle; I wish you strength and love; but mostly, I thank you for allowing me to enter your world through the kind words expressed on this site.


Daniel Dziedzic

Bloomfield,CT

October 11, 2004
07:10 PM

I first met Dan at Johnson State College. We lived in the same dorm building. I knew right away we would be good friends. We both loved to hike, backpack, and enjoy the outdoors. I will always remember making it to the top of many mountains in Vermont and seeing your smile. I can't think of a time when Dan wasn't smiling. He even would fall asleep with a smile. He was a kind and caring person who would do anything to help others. I looked up to my friend! He was also a great caretaker of the earth. When we would go out on hikes he was always stopping to pick up trash to keep our trails clean. Dan had Life "Dialed In!" I had the honor of spending our last time together at my wedding and what a great time we had!!! On Thursday Dan's family, friends, hotshot crew, National Park Service, and local and regional firefighters celebrated the life of Daniel Holmes. I would like to thank all who helped in honoring such a special person. May we all continue to celebrate Dan's life everyday in remembering the good times and great smiles he shared with us all. I'll miss you my good friend. Peace-Dan Dziedzic


Rosemary Morrow

Rochester Hills, Michigan

October 11, 2004
03:13 PM

I met Dan Holmes in January of 2002. He came to visit my son Andy at Flagstaff Medical Center. Andy was seriously injured in a climbing accident, and Dan came to offer his love and support. My heart goes out to Dan's Mom, family, Jules, friends around the country--and mostly to his brothers in the Hotshots. You are all heroes. Dan was a hero--a person who lived his passion for the outdoors. Memories of knowing such a wonderful person are a great gift, but little consolation for having lost him. May your grief be eased by those memories, and your days lightened when you think of his smile.


Del Rosa IHC-Jeff Koenig

San Bernardino Ca.

October 11, 2004
03:03 PM

Brit, crew, and family, from the Del Rosa crew, we would just like to convey to all of you our heart felt sympathy to the family and to the Arrowhead hotshots, words really can not express our feelings, we only met Danny the one time on the Freds fire on the LPF, we tied our piece of handline in together and the fellas remember him from his photo on your web page, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, from the book of Mathew Ch-5 vs.4 Bleesed are those that mourn, for they will be comforted, God Bless you all........


Mike Farrell

Altadena, CA

October 11, 2004
11:31 AM

Hello: I was a Hot Shot for three years on the San Bernardino NF with the Converse Hot Shot crew back in the mid 60's. I cherish those days and follow the news on what is going on. I still feel with my heart when I read of injury and death to fellow brothers on the line. My days with the USFS were the best of my life!


Eldorado IHC

Polock Pines, CA

October 11, 2004
11:31 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan's family and fellow crewmembers. If there is anything you need or we can do to help, please let us know.


Sue Husari

San Rafael, California

October 11, 2004
09:54 AM

Brit and Crew: Thank you so much for the job you did in New Hampshire. The pride, love and professionalism you showed in honoring Dan Holmes represented the best of what we do in wildland fire and in the National Park Service. I will never forget the silence as we walked through the streets of Rochester after the service, when we were each alone with our thoughts yet together in bringing Dan home. Please accept my sincere thanks for the understanding and meaning that you brought to this event for me, and to all Dan's friends and family. Sue Husari Pacific West Region FMO


Janet Palmer

Port Townsend,WA

October 10, 2004
09:45 PM

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. As a mother of another hotshot, I cannot imagine her grief, but I couldn't be prouder of the team. You have all truly honored Dan. Well done team.


Jesse Harris- Rincon Fire Crew

Kernville, CA

October 10, 2004
09:06 PM

My sympathy goes out to the friends, family and crew members of Daniel Holmes for the loss of your good friend. Our prayers are with you through your hardship, Jesse Harris, Rincon


Sara Rodriguez

Visalia, CA

October 10, 2004
06:05 PM

The days have dragged by, and the week has come and gone. For someone who always has so much to say I just cant seem to find the right words to make the situation less painful. The profession that these men and women have chosen have always been dangerous but you never expect such danger to hit so close to ones heart. As loved ones to the firefighters, our job is to wait. So, waiting is what I do. I wait for an e-mail, a short visit home, a staticky broken up cell phone call, and if I am lucky, a surprise knock on my front door. Those are the moments that I long for, those are the moments that make up 6 months out of my year. It never once dawned on me that just as quickly as he comes, he can be gone just as fast. This experience was a definate eye opener. Life is short! Everything can be taken away in an instant. Appreciate what it is that you have, and who it is that you have. "Open the doors and cease the day"! To the family and friends of the well respected hero Dan, words couldnt even begin to describe the amount of love and sympathy many of us are sending. You all are both in my prayers and in my hearts. As for the Arrowhead family, remain active and strong. Always remember that obviously by the swarm of e-mails that have been sent, there are many people out here that love and care for you all very much. As the saying goes, "This too shall pass". Dan will FOREVER be in our hearts!


Mormon Lake Hotshots

Flagstaff, AZ

October 10, 2004
03:28 PM

We are all sorry for your loss. it is particularly sad to hear of the passing of a brother Hotshot. Please extend all our thoughts and prayers to Daniels'family and all the Arrowhead Hotshots.


Maggie Reeves (Jake's Other Half)

Klamath River, CA

October 10, 2004
01:19 PM

Though I only met Dan a few times, I was struck by what a kind and funny individual he was. I remember cracking up while he was kidding me about liking the "cream cheese bombs" in the veggie fire lunches. Dan's memory will continue to be an inspiration, as was his life. To Dan's family, friends, girlfriend, and Arrowhead-my heart is with you all. Maura, thank you for this website. With love, M


Andy Sanville (again)

New Britain, CT

October 10, 2004
09:41 AM

I realize I have written several times, but the generosity and amazing work of the Rochester Fire Department needs its own space on this board. They too have made a lot of people feel much, much better during this difficult time, and I on behalf of the family up here want the whole world to know how special they really are. Thank God for firemen!


meagan Miller (cousin)

Westfield, MA

October 10, 2004
09:37 AM

Reading all the entries of love and respect people have for Danny makes me fell very lucky to say I am his cousin. The outpouring of emotions at the services made me even more proud of Cousin Danny. When we were little kids we spent a lot of time together. Not only did his family live down the street, our mothers were very close friends. Danny and I were the same age so it was easy for us to get along. As a little kid Danny was very energetic with a huge imagination and always was fun-loving. i consider myself lucky to have grown into adulthood together. We may have taken different paths, but we always remained friends. I always talk about danny and his accomplishments , he will be missed and always in my thoughts. Thank you to the Arrowhead Crew for caring for my cousin with the utmost honor and dignity. Stay strong and stay safe.


Andy Sanville (sanville@snet.net)

New Britain, CT

October 10, 2004
09:36 AM

The first thing I ever heard about the Arrowhead Hotshots is that you are "elite" and "the best of the best" and "Like the Yankees of the wildland fire fighting world." Having spent the last several days in your company, I know that those descriptions do not do you justice. You are the finest group of people I have ever met, and your bravery and strength and souls helped a lot of people in New Hampshire and around the country this week, even if this wasn't quite normal duty. I would love to keep in contact with you all individually, but I also want everyone who reads this book to know how amazing and special each of you are as individuals, and as a whole. You are and will always be Danny's people.


Larry and Sandy Foss

Epping, NH

October 10, 2004
09:23 AM

We knew Danny when he was young, we know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.


Auntie Nancy

Plainville, CT

October 10, 2004
05:41 AM

To our wonderful hotshot family: Into our darkest hours you entered our lives, and our lives will never be the same. Dan is no longer with us =, but all of you are. Ben, your strength and your gift of being with Dan on his final trip home will never be forgotten. Jake, for spending Friday with Dee and me- it was like having Dan with us. Brit and all the rest of you- the video you gave Dee and the rest of us Dan's voice and his walk and his laugh- you truly captured him. You are all so brave. We love you all. having you with us through our very hardest days was an incredible gift and we thank all who made it possible. Over the past week we have met and become friends with some very dedicated and wonderful people. Pat, Scot, Leslie, Barb, chief Dellner, Rochester FD, and so many more. We hold you all in our hearts and we will be constantly praying for your safety. There are no words to express my feelings and the feelings of the rest of our family. Love to you all!


Rochester Fire Chief Mark Dellner

Rochester, New Hampshire

October 09, 2004
08:30 PM

I'm sorry. In my previous message, I neglected to mention how much the efforts of Chief Bill Kaage and Division Chief Dave Bartlett were in helping us to notify Dee and her family last week. They were there every step of the way in helping to ensure the best interests of Dan's family and the his crew. It was a pleasure having Bill, Dave and their staff at our station this week as well. Again, thanks.


Rochester Fire Chief Mark Dellner

Rochester, New Hampshire

October 09, 2004
08:16 PM

Danny came back home this week, to Rochester, NH. Ahead of Danny came a small group of National Park Service personnel with their primary focus on his family and his crew. Pat Buccello from Maine and Scot Bowen from the Cape, led the plans in the initial first days for Danny's final farewell. As the week unfolded, so many more good folks arrived from the NPS to work with Pat & Scot, like Leslie and Barb. What great coordination and support from the National Park Service staff for Danny's family and his team. When Danny's crew, the Arrowhead Hotshots, came into our City, we knew their heart was heavy and their loss overbearing. This combined with the sorrow and grief of his wonderful family and friends from all over was heart-wrenching to witness at times. Our small City of 30,000 people, many that knew Dan and his family and went to high school here at Spaulding High with him, were sad and shocked as well. Our Firefighters, here in our City, had offered any of our assistance and our assets available to the family, the National Park Service and the Hotshot crews. Together, with our counterparts in our area Fire Departments and from all over the State of New Hampshire, we combined our efforts with the NPS, to honor Danny Holmes and his teams sacrifice. As we met the Arrowhead crew, our firefighters, especially here in Dan's home town, developed a great bond created by circumstances out of all of our control. It has been a very busy and hectic week here in Danny's hometown of Rochester. Its now Saturday night as I write this. Most of of you have now left here and gone back home and back to your lives. We miss all of you that visited us, NPS staff and Dan's crew, but as we told Dee, Matthew and Andy at the Fire Station today, we will not forget and we will continue to be there if you need us. On behalf of the members of the Rochester Fire Department, we are grateful for the honor, in being able to help with and being a part of, Danny's final services and tribute to his life. Very evident, in our conversations with his crew over the week, is the great respect they have for their boss, Brit Rosso, Arrowhead Hotshot Superintendent and Jim Cook, from Boise, both of who are a good part of the reasons for success of today's Arrowheads program. Thanks gang, for letting our crews hang with you for these past days and nights in your darkest moments. They appreciated your friendship and sharing those "adult beverages" over war stories about fires, life in general and things we all had in common. Hey Maura, it was fun for our crews working with you in cooking up a storm and making sure your crew got their waffles and breakfast on Friday morning ! Maura has it together, making sure they are taken care of.....that's for sure ! In closing, to the Arrowhead Hotshots who Danny loved so much, we hope your trip to Rochester, NH will leave you with an understanding of the type of place Danny Holmes came from, a better understanding of the great family and friends Danny had in his life and the importance of carrying on with the dignity, the honor and values that he represented. Take care, be safe and god bless all of you in your future endeavors in life. Chief Dellner.


Bob Firestine

North Central F.P.D. Fresno County CA

October 09, 2004
05:54 PM

Please accept our sincere condolences in your time of loss. As a member of a department who lost a brother ourselves (Kirk Schafer 7-27-01), we know only too well what you are going through. I can't offer anything that might help your recovery, other than letting you know that your suffering is shared by many more than your crew alone. Never forget, and honor Daniel by putting your own safety first and foremost from this point forward. Strength and honor, Bob, FCFF Local 1180


Rudy Romo

Tipton, CA.

October 09, 2004
03:56 PM

Hey Guys (Hotshots) its Me! Just wanted to stop by and say I Love all of ya like Brothers and if there's anything you guys and ladies need let me know. :oP Ps. Maybe you guys can fill me in the other night I just can't remember..... :oP


Scott Burke

Westfield Mass.

October 09, 2004
03:50 PM

It's been one week since I received the tragic news about my little cousin, my brother.  When I received the news and the 48 hours following I never imagined that a week later I would would be happy. My little bro's passing is not what I'm happy about but being so closely related and so close to a young man who was and still is larger than life is what makes me happy.  I just want to extend my deepest and heart felt thanks to Brit and the whole arrowhead crew, the nps and every other firefighter and friend that made Thursday such an extraordinary way to say good-bye to a friend a brother.  I would also like to thank everyone who has posted such positive words about Danny, your kind words have brought a glimmer of light to me and Danny's whole family in our darkest hours. Thank you all again.


Jessica

Dana Point, CA

October 09, 2004
03:36 PM

My heart goes out too all you brothers and sisters. The death of a firefighter always tugs at many more heart strings than that individuals family friends and crew. I will think of you and pray that you all have the strength to continue in this profession in memoriam to your fallen brother. Be Safe and stay strong. My deepest Condolences, Jessica firefighter Riverside County Fire/CDF


John E. Clark, R.N.

Bishop, CA

October 09, 2004
02:20 PM

Attn.: Patrick Morgan: Sincere Condolences and Empathy to all Family, Crew, and Friends. John E. Clark, R.N.; Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Bishop, CA- formerly Inyo N.F. Helitack 525, Yosemite N.P. Helitack 5-1, Grand Canyon N.P. Helitack.


Sally Akerberg Jake's mom

Cheshire, Oregon

October 09, 2004
01:44 PM

One week ago today I received the phone call "Mom, I'm okay but my saw partner is not." A mere 5 ft. separated the two. Life is a tenuous thread at best. From my heart to yours Dan's family I am so sorry for you loss. Many thanks to all who have supported Jake with this trauma. Special thanks to Andy Sanville for posting the web sites for the newspaper articles and pictures of the funeral. And last but not least a heartfelt thanks to Maura for the arrowhead web page and updates. Whenever I question where or what the crew is doing I look to you for the answers. Thank You All Sally Jake's Mom.


Mandy Miller

Ochopee, FL

October 09, 2004
01:38 PM

You all are in my thoughts and prayers here at Big Cypress National Preserve. I send you my deepest condolences. M. Miller - Lead Helitack, Big Cypress NP


Klamath Hotshots

Klamath River, Ca

October 09, 2004
01:24 PM

Our hearts go out to the Arrowhead crew and family. We are here for you to help in anyway we can. Our hearts are heavy but remembering Dan's amazing spirit will help us all shine on!


Pat Nelson + Jennifer (Hartley) Nelson

Nashua, NH

October 09, 2004
11:39 AM

Arrowhead, we were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Firefighter Dan Holmes. Our hearts go out to the crew and to his family. It is a special thing to be a firefighter, even more so to be one at Sequoia/Kings Canyon, working in one of the most beautiful places on earth. God Bless you all in this time of sadness. Pat and Jennifer


erik uhlir

jackson, wyoming

October 09, 2004
11:35 AM

Holmes-slice, from that first fateful trip together to the geology expo. in ct. with lester, to our numerous assaults in the mtns. together and even sharing a room in flag for 3 months, you were a solid friend and always in good spirits. only you would go with me off trail in sedona for multiple days, not knowing where we may wind up or how we were getting home. only you would sleep on top of humphries peak in az, huddled together in 70+ mile hour winds, sheltered by the wind-block. these are only a few of the memories daniel my son, but i haven't forgotten the rest. i believe our last trip together was when i graduated from nau and we went up whitney in ca. and the marmots raged our food while we were climbing. oh well. i am grateful for all the time we were able to spend together and all that you have taught me about the mountains, myself and how to be a genuinely nice person. to everyone who knew dan i send the utmost love and respect. bruiser


Michael William Bruno

Jackson, WY

October 09, 2004
11:19 AM

Danny Boy, O, Danny Boy. You are an inspiration to us all. Your love for the earth and all of it's creatures is a model for how the rest of us should try and live our lives. You will be missed, but your soul and smile never forgotten. I love you skillet. Bruno


Jaclyn Lesser

New York, NY

October 09, 2004
11:18 AM

Danny Boy was one of my best friends. I held him in a very special place in my heart. I first met Dan at JSC in 1997. We only went to school together for one semester. After he moved to Arcada, CA we began to write each other. And we kept in touch via pen pal for 7 years. We made it a point to see each other at least once a year, no matter where we were (VT, Flagstaff, AZ, NYC, Whistler, BC). Dan was the most inspirational person I have ever met. He was so peaceful, humble, and ready to help anyone. He had a pure and beautiful heart. He has truly enriched my life. In his last letter to me he wrote... "I just like the thought that we always be in touch and make an effort to stay that way... and know that a Mountain man is thinking of you." Well I'm thinking about that mountain man too, and I miss him. G-d Bless and keep you all my love Jaclyn Lesser


Brando

Johnson, VT

October 09, 2004
10:47 AM

To Dan: The man who taught us all how to live, and how to enjoy living! Dan is our man. I went to school with Dan at Johnson State College. We became very close during our time. Dan was the most pumped kid I have ever met. His positive energy and drive to succeed is something that I will carry with me forever. There was never a day Dan was suck doing something he wasn't interested in doing....why?...He was always pumped doing it. No matter what it was. Together we shared many backcountry stories. Stories I will hold close to me forever. Dan and I took the ol' Bran Van across country together in Jan of 99'. He was on his way to Rainer for the summer and I was on my way to Humboldt State. An amazing trip. Dan's funeral was extremely respected. Folks from all over the country. Proud service men and woman giving thanks and support, made my heart swell with his energy. A commemorative website is being put together in his memory. Please take the time to visit: www.DANHOLMES.org in the next few weeks and feel free to post a picture or story. I love you dude. Your lingo, your spirit, your dedication to the environment, your positive affirmations...you will be with me forever. Love, Your bro, Brando www.DANHOLMES.org


Central California Interagency Communication Center

Porterville CA

October 09, 2004
10:42 AM

Our deepest thoughts and sympathy go out to Daniel's family and Arrowhead Hotshots.


Wendy Flannery

Sonora, CA

October 09, 2004
10:35 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am very sorry about Dan's accident. Wendy Flannery, Stanislaus National Forest


Dave Zimmermann

Santa Maria

October 09, 2004
10:29 AM

I am an Engineer with the Ventura County (CA.) Fire Dept. I would like to express my deepest condolences for the loss of firefighter Daniel Holmes. God Speed


Andy Sanville

New Britain, CT c/o Rochester, NH

October 09, 2004
10:26 AM

This bulleting board has been an amazing thing for everyone that loves Dan. For those of you that could not physically be here with us and would like to have idea of how Danny was formally honored, these links from the local NH paper, Foster's Daily, are an excellent overview: http://www4.fosters.com/October_2004/10.08.04/news/ro_1008f.asp http://www4.fosters.com/October_2004/10.08.04/news/ro_1008g.asp http://www4.fosters.com/October_2004/10.08.04/news/ro_photos1008.asp


Captain Bob Royer

Novato, CA

October 09, 2004
10:16 AM

I would like to offer our condolences your organization and to Daniel's family. We are coming up on the first anniversary of our line of duty death on the Cedar fire. It is hard to go through but it will get better. Take good care of each other and stay safe out there. Captain Bob Royer and Novato engine company 6184.


Sylvia Kratzke

Amherst, New York

October 09, 2004
09:50 AM

My husband, Leonard, and I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family of Daniel Holmes, and to the entire crew of Arrowhead Hotshots. We know firsthand what you all are going through. Our daughter, Heather DePaolo-Johnny died in 2002 in an engine rollover in the Klamath. Your loss is felt across this nation, and our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you as you deal with this tragedy. In fellowship and love, Sylvia J. Kratzke


Jim Deshler

Jeffersonville, VT

October 09, 2004
08:27 AM

Dan Holmes is one of my closest friends, I had a hard time even believing the news was true. Since '97 at JSC, when I met him and talked him into throwing away his old skiis and getting on a snowboard, we have had many good times; whether seeing music in the Northeast, visiting him in Flag at Cherry Hill, or breaking down on the side of the highway on the way to AND from the airport in Washington last winter. Danny taught me alot about myself, helped shape the direction of my life, introduced me to many wonderful people I wouldn't have met otherwise, and showed me that anyone can make their dreams happen. We all have lost an amazing person. Just wanted to let everyone know that we traveled to the funeral and it was one the most amazing and respectful events I have ever witnessed. I don't know if he ever thought that the celebration of his life would have caused a town to close their streets...but for some reason it doesn't surprise me, it's exactly the kind of respect he and his family deserved. Holmes-E your going to be missed dearly, but never forgotten, every powder turn and every step on the trail, I know that your with me. Much love to all, slop


Toby White

Jackson, WY

October 08, 2004
10:58 PM

Danny was probably the coolest kid ever ever knew. Dan has brought so much laughter, love, and joy into so many of our lives. Danny got do more than people do in a lifetime and enjoyed every minute of life. He will be deeply missed and always remembered. I love You Dan


Nadine Kelly

Adelaide, Australia

October 08, 2004
09:53 PM

I only met Dan for a couple of days whilst traveling around New Zealand, but they were fantastic days of mountaineering and playing cards in an alpine hut. Without him, his humour and smile, the trip would not have been the same. Condolences to the crew and his family, for loosing such a energetic and enthusiastic team player.


Jessica Morrow

Flagstaff, AZ

October 08, 2004
09:38 PM

I met Dan in 2001. While we were never close, I remember him well as a big part of the circle of friends I used to run around with here in Flagstaff. I remember his wonderful smile and his sincerity in all of his interactions with people. What I remember the most about Dan is that when my brother Andy was badly injured in a rock climbing accident, Dan was one of the people who consistently came to the hospital and spent time with Andy and our family. My mother remembers Dan, his smile, and the comfort of his company very well. Our hearts go out to the Holmes family. I was close with Jennifer Benton & I know they were great friends. She often talked about Dan to me. I just know now that the 2 of them are up/out there somewhere catching up & ragin' it. Though he and I were not close, he was close with so many people I love & I was deeply saddened to hear of this tragedy. I keep his family in my heart & in my prayers.


Tracey Wawrzeniak

Durham, NH

October 08, 2004
08:12 PM

time and I am glad that Dan’s last moments were with such a brave and dedicated group. To Dan’s family and the plethora of friends that span the country, the grief and pain that we share is reasonable for the loss that we suffer. My condolences to his family and Jules, remember the great memories that Dan left us with. Once the pain and grief eases with time, we will mostly be left with the laughter and love that we remember ( such as that seen in the picture provided by Maura, thank you). -Namaste


Tracey L. Wawrzeniak

Durham NH

October 08, 2004
08:03 PM

Dan was an incredibly bright flame in a windy world. His entrance into my life was in no way subtle. I had just escaped from drowning in a large university to the frightening intimacy of Johnson State College in VT. Before any anxiety set in from being lost and unsure of where I was, Dan jumped up from a bench in a busy entrance-way and walked me to my first class. He could read people before they had a chance to express themselves. His sincerity and vivaciousness impressed me and I never forgot that moment. From the time I met Dan, his presence was permanently branded into the framework of my life. Through his persistence, Dan introduced me to Les Kanat who became the most influential professor I have ever had the pleasure of becoming friends with. Through our mutual outdoor and academic enthusiasm, Dan, Les and I would find ourselves in Les’s office talking enthusiastically about everything; from the difficult assignment we had to hand in to Les the following morning to future backpacking/climbing/skiing plans. I was simultaneously inspired and saved by Dan’s energy and selflessness. After he graduated and continued his dizzying pace around the country I found myself once again blessed with his presence during my stay as a VIP Biotechnician at Mount Rainier National Park. He picked up where he left off, inspiring me as he did with so many others throughout his life, to not only live life to the fullest extent, but to push the line where that limit is drawn. We parted and then reunited again, this time in California, to shed his unique light yet again on a time in my life where I was lost. His generosity, kindness and overall personality carried me through some of the toughest times that I could ever have imaged. When the days were so dark that I thought the sky had fallen, a moment (and inevitably a few beers) with Dan would remind me of how beautiful life is and why it is important to continue to overcome all challenges and to march through each day of your life utilizing all that you have to offer. Dan had life “dialed” and he displayed this through the warmest smile, brightest eyes and a remarkable propensity for life. We regularly checked in with each other and shared the ups and downs that defined each passing year. Although there were pauses in our communication, most regrettably these last few months, Dan would always reach out to check in with me and remind me that I was still in his thoughts. These gifts that Dan gave me throughout the time that I have known him are obviously not exclusive to my experience knowing him. Everyone who’s life was graced by his presence, no matter how brief the encounter, received these gifts copiously. I know that I would not be where, or even who, I am without the strength and direction that I received from my friendship with “Holmey”. He was a genuine and passionate person. I recently embarked on the challenge graduate school in Durham, NH and, consequently, did not learn of his passing until late last night. Smothered in the grief associated with losing rare gem like Dan Holmes I am comforted by reading all the comments that his friends and family are sharing in this guestbook. He was loved by so many and his physical absence will remain a void while the gifts he gave us we will never forget. He always spoke of firefighting with passion and enthusiasm and I commend all the courageous men and women who painfully witnessed his passing and I appreciate all that you did for him. To the crew of the Arrowhead Hotshots, you regularly face the risks and danger associated with fighting forest fires and I deeply thank you for this. The duties you perform to save lives by diverting fires or prevent catastrophes by initiating biomass recycling are admirable and necessary. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult


Sheree Foss

Merrimack, NH

October 08, 2004
07:57 PM

I know I was blessed to have known Dan. My condolences to his family and friends.


Lisa Bilz

El Cajon, California

October 08, 2004
06:42 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families in this tragic time. I didn't know Dan, but feel his loss deeply as a member of the wildland community. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Lisa Bilz CNF ECC (Laguna HS 1992-1994)


jeffrey jackson

North Rim Grand Canyon AZ.

October 08, 2004
05:15 PM

Just a note from a fellow firefighter.  Sorry to hear about the lost of another firefighter in the line of duty. Jeff Jackson


Tina Saunders

Marietta, Georgia

October 08, 2004
05:04 PM

For Dan's family and the Arrowhead Hotshots: I have never met any of you; but I wanted to extend my most heartfelt condolences to all of Dan's family and friends. This tragic accident is untimely and senseless and the more it is thought about, the less sense it makes. The only thought that comforts is that Dan is with our Lord in heaven and is watching over all of you brave souls for all of your days left to live. I don't understand why it is that those we love so so much are taken away too soon and the less important one's just never seem to go away. My best friend in the world was carried home a month ago. His tragic accident was also broadcast on National News. We had been friends for nearly 10 years and He always admired me for fighting wildfires..he always dreamed of following me on one of those crazy trips one day--So, for Frankie Brohm and Dan, lets continue to live on their wonderful legacy of bravery, love, laughter, and friendship. I keep you all in my daily prayers during this difficult time of grief and sadness---God Bless You All.


Valerie Garneau

Dover, NH

October 08, 2004
04:54 PM

I did not know Dan very well, but am a very good friend of his brother, Matt. I am going to give as much love and support as I can to Matt, Dee and the rest of the family.


Susan Mallek

Fresno, CA

October 08, 2004
04:19 PM

I did not know Daniel nor do I know the other Arrowhead crew members though my son Chris is a former crew member. Nevertheless, I was shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of one of the crew. He must have been a terrific young man to elicit such an outpouring of affection and respect. I offer my prayers and condolences to his family and friends.


Allison Jackson

Petersburg, Alaska

October 08, 2004
03:41 PM

Extending our most heart felt sympathies to Dan's family, friends and the Arrowhead IHC. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Tongass National Forest Fire Staff. (South East Alaska)


Ryan Cyphers

Olympia, WA

October 08, 2004
02:50 PM

I’d like to dedicate a few words of my impressions and feelings regarding Dan, yet somehow I can’t help but to think that words alone cannot truly begin to do justice to Dan, or, rather, the aura that Dan exuded. I think, for many of us, the ineffable feelings and sensations that we received through Dan are far more indicative of how he moved us. However, I could not simply refrain from penning a few words about the Dan I knew and respected. This might seem a little long winded, but Dan might appreciate it as such. My first vivid memory of Dan is watching him descending a stairway from his apartment two doors down from mine. I had just parked my car and watched him as he casually and confidently strode down the stairs and onto the sidewalk leading away from the Park Employee Housing at Ohanapecosh. My first thought upon seeing him went something like, “Hmm, now there’s an interesting cat.” I stepped out of my car and greeted him. He immediately shot back with, “What’s up dude!!”…while kind of nodding, but rather, shaking forward and back from the shoulders up. And with such an honest smile and within it an aura, or energy that so subtly said, “I know something that you don’t, but I’ll help you figure it out.” I liked him immediately. Yet little did I know upon that first encounter that the Dan I would come to know and love would have such a profound affect on the summer days ahead. For most of the summer, of the year 2003, Monday thru Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of Dan Holmes’ presence. Whether on the job, or beside the community fire bullshitting and barbecuing, or jumping off cliffs into the Ohanapecosh River after work, or swilling beers while telling travel stories in his apartment, I was blessed enough to spend scores of hours getting to know Dan. Dan was the type of person that I crave to meet. He somehow possessed and maintained the impossible persona—one that was an amalgamation of paradox. I mean, how many people do you know that are Type A, balls-to-the-wall, high energy, ready to rage (as he would say), but somehow understood the fundamental tenets of the meaning of life….to live life perpetually, to seize EVERY day with genuine passion and to, literally, suck the marrow out of life.???? The sages tell us that one must achieve silence and quietness in order to begin to grasp enlightenment, or worldly understanding. But by some freak of nature Dan “got it” anyhow. He managed to muster enough positive and passionate energy to circumvent the laws of Being. His candid honesty and genuineness, his zest and exuberance for life, his sincere devotion to all that life has to offer is beyond reproach. It’s Oct. 6th today. I am still stunned and numb. I knew that he would soon be headed north. I knew that he would stop by James and Della’s in Buckley. I knew I’d receive a phone call with Dan on the other end, “Dude!! What’s up!! Here in the Bucktown ready to rage!! What’s up!!” he would say…..I can still hear his voice……….. I stated earlier that I crave to meet people like Dan. I say this because I sincerely respect his ability to (as I like to put it) journey down the rabbit hole. Dan was like an addiction for me, and I often found myself jonesing for a dose of Dan. Whether it was politics (I most note that we lost a dedicated lefty), economics, quantum theory, traveling or climbing, he always had an angle that was unique and always credible. I remember one evening, after several ponder laden beers, we struck a dialogue on climbing (imagine that). After listening to and discussing one another’s rhetoric, we hypothesized that there are many among the world’s populace that might, potentially, be the world’s greatest alpinists and/or rock climbers. There are tens of thousands that possess the physical capacity to be the world’s greatest climbers. But what separates those that are the greatest climbers (beyond socio-economics) from all other climbers--is passion. Passion for participating in and achieving one’s true love or dream in life…passion that so few among us take seriously, or steadfastly strive to fulfill…passion that so few among us are willing to take the necessary risks that might lead to its fulfillment. Dan was the poster child of passion fulfillment. He was sooo in to it!!....whatever his endeavor. I will miss him……and I’m not so sure I’ll ever get over the damned fact that I won’t be blessed again with his earthly presence…..in spirit someday my friend, I pray. I’ll look you up…..and we’ll rage!!!!! Mourning and Missing Dan, Ryan Cyphers, a friend….always Trail Crew-Mt. Rainier Nat’l Park


Peg and Paul Burke

Westfield,MA

October 08, 2004
02:43 PM

Dear Arrowhead Hot Shots, Words cannot convey how touched we were by the warmth and love you extended to our family. We were not able to talk to each and every one of you, but we hold no doubt that the men we did talk to are representative of the integrety of each and every person on the crew. We pray for your safety, and we pray that your hearts will be at peace. With love, Aunt Peggy and Uncle Paul


Bretwood

Clinton, LA.

October 08, 2004
02:22 PM

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Forestry would like to extend their condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Daniel. Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting Daniel, I still feel the "loss" of a fire-fighting brother. God Bless!


Don Young

Marysville, WA

October 08, 2004
01:52 PM

It's so very hard to write this. I can't imagine loosing one of the crew, and I consider myself so fortunate to never have had it happen. On the "Cave Fire" outside of Chiloquin, Oregon a couple of decades ago, we were cutting down a nasty snag, in the dark. Several of us were helping to 'push' the tree over. We looked up just in time to see the top 10' or so of the tree coming straight down at us. We were able to move back just a bit, and the top grazed us as it speared the ground at the base of the tree. So many of us have been there. Although I now work building airplanes, my thoughts every day are with all of you out there. I continue to develop ideas and machines that will help us in fire prevention and protection activities. Yes, I still think of being part of the group. If you've ever done it and got it under your skin, I don't think you are ever not thinking of it. I wish all of the Arrowhead Hotshots, his friends and of course Dan's family my deepest sympathy. Good luck in this difficult time. Take care of each other.


Joel Mortier

Ramona,CA

October 08, 2004
01:51 PM

AS a past crew member on a hotshot crew, I admire and respect the work and every day danger that Dan and all fire fighters do which puts their lives at risk. I send my condolences to Dan's family,friends, and all Arrowhead hotshots. In memory of Dan. Fellow firefighter, Joel


Corky Conover

Three Rivers, CA

October 08, 2004
01:37 PM

I am deeply saddened by the loss of a fellow firefighter, hotshot, sawyer and my thought are with Dan's crew. When times are tough and you feel weak, take it to the one whose strength is endless! Yes ask the lord for strength and peace, ask with all your heart and he will provide! May God Bless you all! Corky & Family NPS Regional Fire Mangement Specialist


Joe Arseneaux

Jackson, WY

October 08, 2004
01:23 PM

I want to send my love to everyone who has written in response to this very tragic accident. Danny "Holmslice" Holmes was one of the purest most genuine people that I have had the pleasure of spending a lot of quality time with. Living with him in Flagstaff has left some unforgettable imprints in my mind and he will always bring a smile to my face. Thanks for everyting "Burls", I love you bud!


Horseshoe Meadow Hotshots

Pinehurst, Ca.

October 08, 2004
01:17 PM

We at Horseshoe wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Dan's family, friends, and the entire Arrowhead Hotshot family. Our hearts have been heavy since learning of the tragic loss within the firefighting community. Stories being shared about Dan's life have taught us of a man who lived everyday to the fullest, with an adventurous spirit. May those memories of Dan's amazing life always be remembered. The unity and perseverance you all have shown this past week has been evident to us all. As always, it is an honor to work closely with a crew of such respect and integrity. We look forward to being out on the fireline with you all again soon, doing a job we love to do, and doing what we do best.


Ron and Patty Hundtofte

Billings, MT

October 08, 2004
12:51 PM

We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers during your time of loss.


Kandi Ames- O'Brien

Rochester, NH

October 08, 2004
12:21 PM

Dan was a very dear person to me throughout our high school years...though life has brought us in different directions, I have no doubt that his positive attitude and presents have only grown stronger, and that he has affected your lives as much as he did mine. His smiling impression will forever stand in my mind as he begins his next journey watching over you all. Thank your for all that you do....


Karima Keeler

Flagstaff, Az

October 08, 2004
11:16 AM

I am honored to have known Dan and be able to have had his light shed upon me. I know he's in a better place now, probably still doing just what he loves although I'd rather have him here. My heart aches for Daniel's family, and his crew. I hold you all close to my soul and wish you all the love in the world.


Danielle Wolters

Portland Maine

October 08, 2004
10:53 AM


Jen Glyzinski

Sedro Woolley, WA

October 08, 2004
10:36 AM

Dan, You hold a special place in my heart. I will miss skiing and snowboarding the slopes of Mt. Baker, watching sunsets, drinking Cabin Fever's, your smile, your laugh and your zest for life. Thank you for touching my life and the lives of so many others. We'll miss you Dan-O! Love, Jen


Shawn Stevens

Flagstaff, Arizona

October 08, 2004
09:19 AM

I do not know Dan, nor do I know any of you. But I felt the loss inside when I read the message posted on your website. A former firefighter on the Plumas, and now fire researcher, I understand the beauty and danger of the process that attracts us all. Such a wonder...My condolences to Dan's family, the crew that becomes family, and the process that intertwines us - spreading such!


Diamond Mountain IHC

Susanville CA

October 08, 2004
09:14 AM

Condolences to Dan's family, friends, and the Arrowhead Crew. Stay strong.


John and Lisa Burke

Hampton, NH

October 08, 2004
05:29 AM

As Dan's Aunt and Uncle, we want to thank everyone who took part in the services yesterday. It was an impressive day. Very fitting for Dan, an impressive young man. To the bagpiper who played "O Danny Boy", you touched our hearts and made us weep. It was beautiful. Dan will live on in all of our hearts and memories. Hotshot Crew-hang in there-and Thank you!!


Lee & Donna Deshler

Williston, VT

October 08, 2004
04:45 AM

We met Dan Holmes while he and our son were attending Johnson State. Two years ago he and our son Jim showed up at our home for Thanksgiving Dinner...Dan brought his Tofu turkey and a six pack....we were happy by noon. We all tried some of his Tofu turkey & soy filling and laughed and enjoyed each others company. Although we spoke to Dan on occasion, most recently last winter while our son visited him in Bellingham, that Thanksgiving was the last time my wife & I saw him. Dan was a good young man. We will miss him.


Nancy Bailie

Berwick Maine

October 08, 2004
03:23 AM

To the hotshot crew my deepest repect for what you and all fire service do for us. Dan was special,you know this each and every time his Mom and brother speak of him,their eyes light up and they smile. His memory will live on. Do know that your love and support and caring you should for Dan on Thursday will not be forgotten also and may you return to your duty with our love and respect. Be safe and may God hold you in the palm of his hand always..


Nancy Bailie

Berwick Maine

October 08, 2004
03:22 AM

To the hotshot crew my deepest repect for what you and all fire service do for us. Dan was special,you know this each and every time his Mom and brother speak of him,their eyes light up and they smile. His memory will live on. Do know that your love and support and caring you should for Dan on Thursday will not be forgotten also and may you return to your duty with our love and respect. Be safe and may God hold you in the palm of his hand always..


Nacny Bailie

Berwick Maine

October 08, 2004
03:14 AM

To the Hotshot crew my deepest respect for what you and all fireservice do for us. Dan was special and i will hold his memory close to my heart. His love for the outdoors will live through us all and most importantly through his Mom. Be safe and may god hold you close.


Nancy Bailie

Berwick,Maine

October 08, 2004
03:09 AM

My deepest respect to the hotshot crew and all fire service for what you do. Dan was special and will always be in my heart as is his Mom. His love for the outdoors is an inspiration to us all. May God watch over all of you.


Nancy Bailie

Berwick,Maine

October 08, 2004
03:07 AM

My deepest respect to the hotshot crew and all fire service for what you do. Dan was special and will always be in my heart as is his Mom. His love for the outdoors is an inspiration to us all. May God watch over all of you.


Tayloe McConnell

Flagstaff, AZ

October 07, 2004
06:56 PM

Having known Dan since the day I arrived in Flagstaff, I feel blessed to have such wonderful memories of an incredibly free-spirited, adventurous soul. As I've told other friends here in Flag, I have learned some remarkable things through Dan. Not only his great sayings like "word life," which embodies Dan perfectly, but the love of being outdoors and cherishing every moment in whatever you do--be it rock climbing, snowboarding or even hiking. His laugh, his smile, his great hair, everything will be missed. I love you Dan! You will never cease to make me smile.


Debbie Hadden

Rochester, Nh

October 07, 2004
06:40 PM

my heart aches for you Dee...your family and all of Danny's friends will be in my prayers there is not enough gratitude given to the men and women who do that work everyday...godspeed to all of you


thomas catalano

Chicago

October 07, 2004
06:31 PM

At a time like this I find it hard to find the right words to express what I'm feeling. I've shed tears of sadness for the loss of such an amazing and kind person, but also I've shed tears of joy for the privilege of being an acquaintance of Dan Holmes. Dan has made an impact on all of are lives, which will always be there. We are all blessed to have know such a positive soul as his and also we are blessed to now have him watching over us.


Ron Riise

Elko, NV

October 07, 2004
06:02 PM

I'm devastated by the loss of a Hotshot brother. My sincerest regards to the family and crew. You have each other for support take strength from that and know that you have an extended family if you need anything at all. Ron


Robert and Lisa Patenaude

Westfield, MA

October 07, 2004
05:57 PM

Dan will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


Ron Riise

Elko

October 07, 2004
05:51 PM


Ken Henson

Santa Barbara, Ca.

October 07, 2004
05:29 PM

Brit and crew. Words cannot take away the pain you are all feeling right now. My wife and I wish to express our deepest sorrow for your loss and grieve with you all. May God Bless Dan, his family and friends and God Bless you.


Ken Henson

Santa Barbara, Ca.

October 07, 2004
05:29 PM

Brit and crew. Words cannot take away the pain you are all feeling right now. My wife and I wish to express our deepest sorrow for your loss and grieve with you all. May God Bless Dan, his family and friends and God Bless you.


Michael Boomer

Boise, ID

October 07, 2004
05:12 PM

Brit, Crew, Family, and Friends, Would like to pass on my deepest condolences and love to you all. Hold tight to the smiles and laughter. Focus on the happiness and be gentle with yourselves. Given you a big hug right now! Lovingkindness, Boomer


Salmon BLM Engine Crew

Salmon Idaho

October 07, 2004
05:08 PM

We would like to offer our most sincer condolences during this difficult time. The loss of a fellow firefighter is felt throughout our fire community and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.


Pete Coy

Mentone, CA

October 07, 2004
05:07 PM

We send our deepest sympathy to Daniel's family, friends, and the Arrowhead Hotshots. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sorrow. May each of you find strength and comfort to carry you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Mill Creek Hotshots


Candy bailey

gonic, NH

October 07, 2004
04:55 PM

I am the trauma volunteer who went to be with Dan's mom with the Fire Chief and police officer when she was told about Dan's death. She is fiercely proud not only of Dan but of all of the men and women who worked with him. I want to thank all of you who were with him at the time of the accident and offer my condolences to all of you. Candy Bailey Victim's Inc. Rochester


John P. Burke Cousin

Hampton, NH

October 07, 2004
04:48 PM

Dan was A great guy I will not forget him


John P. Burke

Hampton, NH

October 07, 2004
04:47 PM

Dan was A great guy I will not forget him


Patti Wold

Mount Rainier NP, WA

October 07, 2004
04:26 PM

The memorial celebration we held for Dan at Mount Rainier yesterday was filled with memories, laughter and a few tears. A very postive send off for a very positive person. He will be missed but lives on in the hearts of all who knew him.


Scott McKenney

Sutter Creek, CA

October 07, 2004
04:25 PM

I was very sorry to hear of the loss of Daniel Holmes. The loss of any firefighter is tragic. My heart and prayers go out to the Daniel’s family and the crew. Sincerely Scott McKenney, MEDL CIIMT3, Sacramento Metro Fire Dist.


Greg Roberts

Medford, Oregon

October 07, 2004
04:23 PM

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Daniel. Although I did not know him, he was a Brother in the Family. When one falls we all share the pain. I wish to send my deepest sympathies along to all of you. You will be in my prayers. Please pass this along to his family as well.


Dory (Megee) Gibson

Rochester NH

October 07, 2004
03:57 PM

I have known Danny since he was 11 years old. I dated his older brother, Matt when we were in high school. I remember Danny as being a boy and young teenager. The first time I met him he was jumping on his couch wearing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pj's and yelling like only an 11 year old can do. Even then he had the biggest, brightest smile and sparkling eyes. He always had a quick word or catch phrase that would complete the moment and he always was laughing. At that time in my life (16) for me he was always Matt's pesky little brother, but as the years passed and I watched him grow into a young man, reading in the local paper about his sports accomplishments, and eventually an adult I knew that the world would be blessed by him in many ways. I remember his Mom, Dee, always being so proud of her son and rattling off details about his latest conquest or adventure. For me Danny will always be that 11 year old boy who had the whole wide world at his finger tips and a full future ahead of him. At his funeral today I was amazed, awed and honored to have known Danny. NOT ONE person had anything but wonderful things to say about him. His girlfriend, Jules loved him very much and if I know Danny he loved her even more. The world has just lost a very special person and he will forever be in my memories.


dewey rebbe Gila IHC Superintendent

Reserve, NM

October 07, 2004
03:42 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Dan. In times of great sadness it can be very hard to find answers. Find strength in the Lord. If He brought you to it, He will see you through it.


Mike Wilson

Thousand Oaks, Ca

October 07, 2004
03:42 PM

Arrowhead, our thoughts and prayers are with you all and with Dan's family. Thank you for inviting us into your circle Sunday evening at Swale to celebrate Dan's life. You are always such great hosts when we come up to help with the RX burns. Stay strong and keep safe, you are an amazing crew. Mike Wilson and the Crew of Engine 73 Santa Monica Mountains NRA


Marylin Allen

Hickman, Calif.

October 07, 2004
02:28 PM

So sorry for your loss. The pride you have in Dan and his memories will get you through. We recentlty loss a special person also, Eva Schicke. God Bless You.


Craig Gawryczik

Spokane, Washington

October 07, 2004
01:39 PM

I had the opportunity to hike Mt. Whitney with Dan and a few other great people last year. This was one of the best hiking trips that I have ever been a part of despite the efforts of those pesky Whitney marmots that ate all our food. This trip will forever be a part of me and I am glad that I had the opportunity to spend time with Dan. Dan was a great man and I will miss him dearly. When I last spoke to Dan about 5 months ago we talked about getting together and possibly summiting Mt. Baker next year. I am sure that Dan has gone to place where the mountains are more grand than anything on this planet. And everyone knows that Dan will be standing proud atop the tallest mountain around!


Jamie Kreiger

tucson, AZ

October 07, 2004
01:03 PM

I climbed Mt Whitney with Dan a couple of years ago, it was the only time I met him but he definately made a huge impact on me. I will miss him and look forward to spending my life out of doors.


LPF E-53, ENF E-34

Piru Ca./Georgetown Ca.

October 07, 2004
12:41 PM

What can be said at a time like this when uncertainty, grief and broken hearts are mourning for the loss. We cannot pretend to say we had the priveledge of knowing Dan. Obviously he was a man of passion, following his dreams and doing what he loved, protecting the environment. Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. We send our thoughts, prayers and love to you all.


Marty Cooper

Rochester, NH

October 07, 2004
12:11 PM

I knew Dan Holmes well...his mom and I are friends as well as co-workers at the hospital...he touched my life in a very special way, as he did so many of us.....our memories will carry us through.....we love you, Dan


MONTEREY CREW SUPT/AVERSANO

JOLON, CA

October 07, 2004
11:29 AM

ENTIRE CREW IS SHAKEN AND SORRY FOR THIS GREAT LOSS OF ONE OF OUR BROTHERS. MONTEREY CREW (LPF/R-5)


Debi Grand

Stanton CA

October 07, 2004
11:04 AM

I am the sister of the burn boss, Ben, who worked with Dan. My deepest sympathy and compassion go out to Dan's family and friends, and especially to my brother and the fellow crew members who I know liked Dan very much and are devastated by this tragedy. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to all whose lives were touched by this fine young man.


Michelle Clark

Rochester, NH

October 07, 2004
10:46 AM

My condolences on the loss of one of your crew members. Keep up the great work protecting the forests and parks.


Michelle Clark



October 07, 2004
10:45 AM


Glen Warner

Cheney,WA

October 07, 2004
10:00 AM

On behalf of All at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and USFWS Fire Management We are sad and morn the loss of your firefighter. I worked with Arrowhead in the 80's and am sure we are all going to miss him as a Friend, Brother and crewmember.


Support Fire Services, Inc.

Burnsville, Minnesota

October 07, 2004
09:31 AM

Our crew would like to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Arrowhead Hotshots and to Dan's family during this most tragic time. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult period and for the years to follow.


Michelle Tetreault

Dover NH

October 07, 2004
09:15 AM

I am so sorry. When I went to your sight and saw the picture of Daniel Holmes it made me smile. Because he looked so very happy. I want to say thank you for what you do for us to keep use safe. God bless Daniel and his Family and I pray God will keep everyone of you safe. Thank you Michelle


Joe James

Porter, IN

October 07, 2004
09:11 AM


Meredith Rettig

Flagstaff, AZ

October 07, 2004
08:22 AM

I was blessed enough to have Dan enter into my life. What an amazing person...he was always a ray of hope and sunshine. A good friend of ours passed away back a few years back. Jen and Dan were extremely close. It gives me a lot of tears and laughter to know that those 2 will be raising hell together. The crew and all Dan's family and friends will be close to my heart. Much peace...Namaste.


Marisa Hernandez, Michael Budds

Bellingham, WA

October 07, 2004
07:58 AM

I have known Dan for about four years now. We were friends in Flagstaff, AZ together. Then last fall we found ourselves both living in Bellingham, WA as a strange coincidence. We began to spend more time together as he, my boyfriend Michael, and I were all new to Bellingham. The more time we spent with Dan the closer and closer we all became. We all spend countless hours experiencing the outdoors together in the ways we love. Climbing, snowboarding at Mount Baker, hiking . . . And of course we can't forget those after daylight hours we spend enjoying good food, good spirits, good music, and good company. Every second spent with Dan was more than positive. He was so full of life. Both Michael and my first reaction to the horrible news we got yesterday was ARE YOU SURE IT WAS DAN? This gem of a person is worth his weight in gold. We witnessed him fall deeply - and quickly - in love with Jules. So deeply and quickly in fact that we were a little protective of him at the beginning. But the more time we spent with the two of them and then with just Jules after Dan was in Cali with all of you, we realized that it was a reciprocal relationship. These two were head over heels, madly in love; they were made for each other. That is the part that breaks my heart the most. We are so lucky that Dan was one of the few remaining letter writers out there. In a letter dated 8/31/04 he wrote to us telling us "I really can't wait to build on what I started last winter in B'ham." He was coming back after a trip he and Jules had been planning to the Cook Islands and was possibly going to live with Michael and me. We have been so looking forward to that. Dan was also in love with wilderness, mountains, water, snow, wildlife, rocks, clean air,and trees. He was killed by Mother Naure in a freak accident. Although none of us can't understand why She would do such a thing, the only thing I can think is that She needs him right now. His spirit will live on forever. Our hearts go out to his friends, his crew, his family, and most of all to his Mom who loves to pieces, and to Jules - who shared a love with him that most people only dream of experiencing. We love you Dan - forever! PLEASE if anyone has Jules' information we MUST get a hold of her. We have to see her and spend time with her, and we can't find her number. 360-733-3525 -- Michael and Marisa


Danny Escobedo

Santa Fe, NM

October 07, 2004
07:34 AM

Our sympathies and prayers for the family and crew; we grieve over this tragic loss. Danny And Susie Escobedo.


Loretta Sandoval, Forest Dispatcher

Santa Fe, New Mexico

October 07, 2004
07:24 AM

My condolences go to your crew and to the family. You are in my prayers.


Alyssa Dodds

Lakeville Minnesota

October 07, 2004
06:27 AM

My heart goes out to those who worked, lived and shared laughs with Dan. May your good memories bring comfort to you during this difficult time. No doubt, Dan has a great vantage point now from above to look after the rest of you. Love and Prayers.






October 07, 2004
06:24 AM


temo baltazar

Bakersfield, CA

October 07, 2004
12:09 AM

To Dan's family and the Arrowhead family my condolences for youre loss


stan stewart

santa barbara ca

October 06, 2004
09:21 PM

Brit and the gang, Thanks for allowing us into your world up there on the mountain.You are a great bunch of folks dealing with a very tough situation. Cherish the memories and take care of each other.


Duane Foss

Dover NH

October 06, 2004
09:20 PM

I had the pleasure of watching Dan grow up. I knew then that he was a special boy with special talents. He will be missed, I know I miss him. My condolences go out to his family and all that knew him. May he rest in peace and my God bless his family.


elizabeth bandley

strawberry, CA

October 06, 2004
09:04 PM

my heart goes out to the family of the fallen fire fighter and to all memebers of the arrowhead hotshots. Dan will always be beside you, as are all the fallen before him. i wish you all peace and safety and love.


Ryan Wells

merced, ca

October 06, 2004
07:48 PM

Knowing what is like to work and live amongst men and women, especially in the conditions in which Hotshot crews do, it must be painful experience to loose one. I also know that the Arrow Head Hotshots will honor Dans' life, in a way that future crews will also know who this young man was, and that he died doing what he seemily loved to do. I envey your guy's endurance. Keep on-Keeping on. Sierra Hotshot 97-98. Local 1479.


Ryan Wells

merced, ca

October 06, 2004
07:42 PM

Knowing what is like to work and live amongst men and women, especially in the conditions which Hotshot crews do, it must be painful experience to loose one. I also know that the Arrow Head Hotshots will honor Dans' life, in a way that future crews will also know who this young man was, and that he died doing what he seemily loved to do. Keep on-Keeping on. Sierra Hotshot 97-98. Local 1479.


Springville Hotshots

Springville, Ca.

October 06, 2004
07:24 PM

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dan's family, friends and to the Arrowhead Hotshots during this time of need. Please do not hesitate to ask for help if there is anything that we can do. You are in our thoughts and prayers....


Clayton R. Howe

San Diego. CA

October 06, 2004
07:22 PM

My sincerest condolences on the loss you have all suffered. You field a fine crew and I have enjoyed working with you in the past. Some say everything happens for a reason and I know good will come of this. Bless you all and Daniel Holmes friends and family. Be Safe!


Randy Larson

Corpus Christi, TX

October 06, 2004
07:18 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Dan's immediate family and his Arrowhead family during this difficult time. Dan's loss hits me personally even though I have been away from my Sequoia/Kings Canyon friends for a couple of years. Rally among yourselves during this difficult time and pull together even closer as a team in true Arrowhead fashion.


Mike Stannard

Montgomery Center, VT

October 06, 2004
06:46 PM

Dan Holmes, I now belive, had only two fears. He was afraid of laziness and boredome. he was ready for anything that needed to be done. Years ago, on a friday night in January, I told him he could borrow my mountaineering boots anytime. He replied.."Dude, how 'bout now..I can traverse Mt. Washington tomorrow." and he did. His spirit is within all who knew him! Godspeed Holmes.


Doc Martin

Visalia Ca

October 06, 2004
06:32 PM

My deepest sympathies go out to Dan's family He is my thoughts. Murdock Martin


A.K. Low

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

October 06, 2004
06:23 PM

I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Daniel Holmes and to the Arrowhead Hotshots. You are not alone...seek strength in each other and from those who share your sadness. A.K. Low Firefighter BC Forest Service Rappel Operations


Katrina Young

Three Rivers, CA

October 06, 2004
06:09 PM

Brit, Maura, and all of you great guys I love, I didn't know Dan, but his loss has deeply saddened me in a very personal way. Please know that you and all of the fire crews at SEKI, as well as his family, are in my thoughts and prayers. Stick together and take care of each other, you are family. Love to you all, Katrina (your former Cache Manager)


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Jason Gooder Loess Hills Wildland Crew

Rudd Iowa

October 06, 2004
04:11 PM

I would like to thank the crew for the dangerous work that you do, and would like you to know you are in my prayers for your loss.


kristy schaufler

santa barbara, ca 93105

October 06, 2004
04:00 PM

We are all sorry about this tragedy. My prayers are with you. sincerely, kristy schaufler- LPHS


JP Mattingly

Omaha, NE

October 06, 2004
03:56 PM

I did not know Dan, but in a sense I did, for he was a fellow firefighter of my own heart, a hotshot. My sincere condolences to Dan's family, the 2004 Arrowhead IHC, and all who called Dan friend. Know that he was doing what he loved when God called him home. JP Mattingly Prescott Hotshots (Crewmember 1979-81) Alpine Hotshots (Saw Boss 1982) Bison Hotshots (Squad Boss 1983,84) Arrowhead Hotshots (Foreman 1986,87) Alpine Hotshots (Superintendent 1988-97)


Dian Smith (Supt.'s wife & "Crew Mom" - Vandenberg Hot Shots)

Lompoc, CA

October 06, 2004
03:55 PM

As those of us who are a part of it know, Firefighting is a Brotherhood, a "Family", comprised of active firefighters of every specialty (Wildland, Structural, & Crash), former fighfighters, and all of their families. It is a calling as much as it is a profession, something we as families can only support, admire, and love them for, and from which we would never hold them back from doing. When we suffer a loss of this magnitude and timing, especially when it is one of our "own", it seems almost incomprehensible. There is absolutely no doubt in my heart and mind that all of the members of this wonderful, strong, extended family have your Crew, their families, and Dan's family, in their hearts as well. I lift each and every one of you up to the Lord for His guidance, His wisdom, His strength, His grace, and His mercy, and most of all His love. The works the Lord sent Dan to us for have been accomplished, and he is now with Him in peace. Please know that you are not alone, ever, as all of us in the Brotherhood, and most of all the Lord, are with you always.


Jason Jerman

Flagstaff, AZ / Saint Maries, ID

October 06, 2004
03:48 PM

To the Arrowhead family and to Dan's family and friends, I offer the condolences of the Coconino National Forest to all of you for Dan's passing. My tearfull eyes and shaking hands are all I can offer to express the depth of my personal sorrow because I just can't seem to find the words. The loss of a firefighter always makes me catch my breath but the loss of an Arrowhead brother is more hurtful than I could have ever imagined. Know that you are always in my thoughts and that you always have my full support. Celabrate Daniel's life and legacy. Jason Jerman, Arrowhead Hotshot '96 - '98.


Mark Smith

Lompoc, CA

October 06, 2004
03:43 PM

Arrowhead Hotshots, You and Daniel's family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened to hear of the loss of one of our brothers in fire. Mark Smith & the Vandenberg Hot Shots


Michael Baker

Redding CA

October 06, 2004
03:42 PM

Our thoughts are truely with you. Mike Baker


Rocky Collett

Rochester, NY

October 06, 2004
03:41 PM

From Ginna Fire/Rescue are deepest condolences for your loss. Keep up the hard work.


Angle

Winfield,KS

October 06, 2004
03:36 PM

My condolences to Daniel's family, friends, and to the crew. You guys take care of each other.


Tenney

Flagstaff AZ

October 06, 2004
03:02 PM

Dan, one of the biggest bravest and most sincere people I've ever met. The world will miss him. Today we smile and we rejoice, for yesterday is done and no matter how much we miss it we can only rejoice in all that it has given us. Laugh outloud and share love with all those around you, we know Dan will be watching and sharing in all of celebration of him, his life and how he has touched our own.


Paul Delmerico and Carson IHC

Taos NM

October 06, 2004
03:01 PM

To Daniels family and fellow Arrowhead Hotshots are hearts and prayers are with you. Stay Strong..


Meagan Wakefield

Carson City, Nevada

October 06, 2004
02:55 PM

I am sorry for your loss, the family and the crew are in our thoughts. Sincerely, Meagan Wakefield Silver State IHC Sr. Firefighter


Shari (Lucero) Moloney

Point Reyes N.S., CA

October 06, 2004
02:18 PM

To Daniel's family, friends and co-workers I extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayers. My family and I had the privilege to live and work in Grant Grove for 4 years and we cherish all the wonderful people and memories of this beautiful place. Brit and crew, I hold you in my heart. Be safe.....


Jill Demers

Missoula, MT

October 06, 2004
01:40 PM

Dan was a very close friend. We went all the way back to jr. high and, if you believe it, we still kept in touch. He gave me his mother's contact information a couple of weeks ago so I will pass it on to anyone interested. Although not surprised, I am sure she will be impressed to know of all the people whose lives Dan touched. We'll all miss him. My condolences to you all. Especially those involved in the accident. There was nothing anyone could do to make this situation different. As Dan often wrote, "Peace, love and Mountains". Jill Demers His mom's info is as follows: Delina Burke 19 Franklin Heights Rochester, NH 03868


Kyle Buttinger

Flagstaff, AZ

October 06, 2004
01:27 PM

I've known Dan for about 6 or 7 years now, from JSC to Flag and beyond. What an absolutely great person. He is one of the best friends anyone can ever have. Danny brightened up the world and touched many, many lives. He will always be greatly missed but, never, ever, forgotten. We all love you Danny. I hope you are now watching over us all from a better place.


Kerry Bober

Asheville, NC

October 06, 2004
01:00 PM

I am writing to send my condolences to Dan's family, crew, and friends. Although I only met Dan a few times he had quite an impact on my life. I will never forget his vibrant personality, and amazing smile. His spirit will live on, with us all. Dan thanks for your great appreciation for mother nature.


William Harrison

Glendale, Arizona

October 06, 2004
12:56 PM

I work for BLM out of the Phoenix Field Office in Arizona as a engine crew member and I want to say thanks to all of the Arrowhead Hotshots I met over the years. My family will pray for all of you and especially for the family of the firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty. May God watch over and continue to bless all firefighters who go out and put their life on the line to save other lives and homes!!


DAVID BULL

WESTFIELD, MASS. 01085

October 06, 2004
12:44 PM

TO THE FAMILY: SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.


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holyoke,ma.

October 06, 2004
12:33 PM

i just wan't to offer my sympathies to dan's family


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October 06, 2004
12:32 PM

i just wan't to offer my sympathies to dan's family


Manny Garcia

Flagstaff, AZ

October 06, 2004
12:29 PM

I am writing to send my condolences to Dan's family and crew. I am saddened by what has happened, Dan always knew how to make people smile. He is a wonderful person that will continue to influence our lives and brighten our spirits with great memories. It has been more than a year since I last saw Dan, I never would have thought I would never get to see him again. Love, Manny Garcia


Melissa McKibben

Bozeman, MT

October 06, 2004
12:26 PM

Just wanted to pass along my sincere condolences on the loss of a brother firefighter. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Hang in there. Melissa Moab Helitack


Death Valley National Park - Staff

Death Valley, California

October 06, 2004
12:22 PM

The staff at Death Valley National Park send their condolence and prayers to the family and friends of Arrowhead Hotshot, Daniel Holmes. Your loss is shared by all.


Kathy Cusson

South Portland Maine

October 06, 2004
12:14 PM

One of my coworkwers was a dear friend of Dans and will miss him. I did not know him myself but she has said he was a person who always gave to others. My sympathies to his crew members and family.


James Battey

Scotty's Castle, Death Valley Nat. Park, Ca.

October 06, 2004
12:08 PM

Your loss is shared by all in the Service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. James Battey (1977-1992 wildland/structural fire) Alpine Hotshots 1982 (squad boss) Grant Grove District Fire Supervisor 1983-88


Snake River IHC

Pocatello, Id

October 06, 2004
12:07 PM

Sorry to hear about Dan. Our thoughts and paryers are with you.


Jennie Smith (Reed's girlfriend & Crew 91 @ Sequioa-Kings N.P.)

Sequim, WA

October 06, 2004
12:04 PM

To Dan's family, friends, and all of the Arrowheads, I am so sorry for your loss. What a tragic event this has been and I hope that God will bring each and everyone strength during this time of grieving. What a pleasure it was to meet Dan this summer. He was such a happy-go-lucky kind of guy! I will be praying for all of you during this time.


andrew and tatum kleiner

dover n.h.

October 06, 2004
11:48 AM

The world has definately lost one of its kindest people. Our best wishes go out to dan's family. He will never be forgotten.


Bill Connellan

Wall, New Jersey

October 06, 2004
11:48 AM

Our deepest condolences to your fine crew, from the members of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service "western crew".


Beth LaMontagne

Rochester, NH

October 06, 2004
11:39 AM

I grew up with Dan and have always known him to be a wonderful, loving, and caring person. Even as the years passed and people from our town went their separate ways, Dan always made an effort to stay in touch with his friends and those he loved. He will be deeply missed.


Beth LaMontagnr

Rochester, NH

October 06, 2004
11:39 AM

I grew up with Dan and have always known him to be a wonderful, loving, and caring person. Even as the years passed and people from our town went their separate ways, Dan always made an effort to stay in touch with his friends and those he loved. He will be deeply missed.


Matt Hendrickson

Coulee Dam, WA

October 06, 2004
11:16 AM


Dan Anslinger

Bend, OR

October 06, 2004
11:10 AM

God Bless you guys, you have a tough job and you have my admiration and condolences. Dan Anslinger GG Seasonal #514


Chrys Royall

Eugene, OR

October 06, 2004
11:05 AM

I had the pleasure of getting to know Dan during the time that he lived in Flagstaff Arizona. He was a wonderful individual who truly lived everyday to the fullest, and his enthusiasm for life was contagious. My heart goes out to his family and co-workers. If at all possible, our "Flagstaff Family" and myself would be very appreciative of an address for Dan's family so that we may convey our sympathy.


Bruce Schmidt

Lancaster,Calif.

October 06, 2004
10:52 AM

Regardless of how a firefighter is killed in the "Line of Duty" the fire service feels the loss. NO words can ever fill the void the family & co-workers are going through at this difficult time. My Prayer is God will comfort the family and co-workers in the coming days & months in only the way HE knows how to bring a peace that passes understanding.


Bruce Schmidt

Lancaster,Calif.

October 06, 2004
10:52 AM

Regardless of how a firefighter is killed in the "Line of Duty" the fire service feels the loss. NO words can ever fill the void the family & co-workers are going through at this difficult time. My Prayer is God will comfort the family and co-workers in the coming days & months in only the way HE knows how to bring a peace that passes understanding.


Jonathan P. Thiede

Chico, CA

October 06, 2004
10:28 AM

I am very sorry for you loss...Best wishes to crew and family.


Tobin Kelley - AFMO-Operations BRF

stevensville, montana

October 06, 2004
10:15 AM

Myself and the Stevensville RD Fire Crew pass along our condolences and share your sorrow at the passing of Daniel.


Pam Schwotzer

North Hampton, NH

October 06, 2004
10:12 AM

I knew of Dan through his grandmother Jean Burke, who worked with me at the North Hampton Library, and on two occasions, I had the opportunity to meet him. His grandparents, and his whole family, were extremely proud of him and the good work he was doing. I'm very sorry for their loss and the loss to the Hotshots of this fine young man.


Pam Schwotzer

North Hampton, NH

October 06, 2004
10:09 AM


Norma Nevarez, X-Bison Hotshot

Three Rivers, CA

October 06, 2004
10:05 AM

I share your grief in the loss of a loved one;a son a brother, a friend, a fellow hotshot. Psalm 23:4


Nancy Woodward

Ashford, WA

October 06, 2004
10:00 AM

Daniel was one of those employees you always love to serve. He was respectful and appreciative, and so very positive. I know he loved the mountains and remember him coming back from an adventure one spring, tired, happy and in awe of his climb. He was on cloud nine!!! May you know that his spirit will always be here at Mount Rainier. With his love for the mountains, zest for life and adventure, and stewardship of the land, he will be remembered as a person who helped keep a National Treasure in Good Shape!! May Dan's example inspire others to believe in our National Parks. Nancy Woodward - MORA HR


Cyndi Tower

Windham, NH

October 06, 2004
09:57 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Burke Family for thier tragic loss.


Jeff McDonnell

Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

October 06, 2004
09:55 AM

The family of Wildland Fire Fighters has no borders. Please accept and pass on the heartfelt condolences to Dan's family, friends and crewmembers from your brothers and sisters in British Columbia's Forest Service. When one of us suffers a loss we all feel it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you work through this difficult time. Stay strong!


Bill Saners, Acting Associate NER Director, Park Operations

Philadelphia, PA

October 06, 2004
09:51 AM

From Regional Director Marie Rust and the staff of the Northeast Region: Sincere condolences to Dan's family, friends, and fellow Hotshot crew members. We all appreciate and respect the work our firefighters do for the Nation's parks and honor Dan's memory with the special places he helped protect.


Jon Haag

Point Reyes, Ca

October 06, 2004
09:51 AM

From Point Reyes Fire Management to Dan's family, and the Arrowhead Hot Shots, our deepest sympathy and condolences at your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.


Christie Neill-Beckett

Placerville, CA

October 06, 2004
09:40 AM

Being part of the hotshot family I feel your pain. With time it will be easier, while knowing we will never forget. Take care of each other and remember why you are the best of the best! Keep your chins up and think good thoughts. We are all on this journey together. Christie






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Hole in the Wall & Black Rock Fire Center

Barstow,Ca

October 06, 2004
09:31 AM

The firefighters from Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Daniel's family and Arrowhead IHC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Steve Butterworths IOF-2

Seattle, WA

October 06, 2004
09:17 AM

My thoughts are with Dan, his family, and his Arrowhead Team family. Be strong.


Brian Delahanty

Francestown New Hampshire

October 06, 2004
09:05 AM

fulltime firefighter City of Manchester,Type 2 crew member when time allows. You lost a brother and a good man. I am very sorry for your loss Brian


Joe Rosenberg

Londonderry NH

October 06, 2004
09:02 AM

I would just like to pass strong and positive energy to the entire Holmes family and his crew. I met Dan in Arizona and had the pleasure to know him for a couple of years. He sincerely loved his work and his spirit will be survived by memories.


Bruce Cutter

Columbia MO

October 06, 2004
09:01 AM

I was getting ready to show the NOVA film "Fire Wars" in one of my classes when I received notification of your loss. My (and my classes') heartfelt sympathy to yourselves and Holmes' family. Bruce Cutter Professor of Forestry, University of Missouri Division Chief (Fire Training), Boone County Fire District


BJ Dunn

Cornish, NH

October 06, 2004
08:54 AM

From the entire Saint-Gaudens NHS staff in Cornish, NH we offer our deepest sympathies to Dan's family and friends, the NPS family, and the Arrowhead Hotshot crew. - BJ Dunn, Superintendent


Sarah Giberson

Somersworth NH

October 06, 2004
08:42 AM

I am sorry for your loss of Dan Holmes, I had the honor of knowing him and I am so sorry to hear of his untimley passing. He was a wonderful man and I wish his family and friends all the best.


Doug Gantt

NF in Alabama

October 06, 2004
08:09 AM

Dear Arrowhead crew and friends, I send my condolences for your loss. Stay strong and know you are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.


Sueanne Cmehil-Warn

Poplar Bluff MO

October 06, 2004
08:03 AM

Sorry for your Lose. I don't go on the line anymore. I'm in fire support as a EDRC, GIST, and RADO. Great site.


Dave Loveland

Everglades NP, FL

October 06, 2004
07:42 AM

I would like to send heart felt condolences from your fellow firefighters in the Everglades to our friends and co-workers at Swale and SEKI. Dan's tragic accident has affected us all deeply.


Neil Korsmo

West Branch, IA.

October 06, 2004
07:41 AM

My condolances to all of you on the crew. When one of us is lost, we all feel the loss. I know it is hard to think of anything but the loss right now. It is a time to mourn, to cry, to laugh, and to tell stories to remember you fallen friend. I have been a wildland firefighter since 1976, and I have seen and experienced lots of different situations of fires. It always amazed me how quickly a situation would come up that we would have to react to, and hope everyting came out alright. Remember to keep safe and care for each other every day. God bless you.


Alison robb

Mount Rainier NP

October 06, 2004
07:28 AM

We, at Mount Rainier National Park, are holding a memorial in memory of Dan Holmes on Wed. Oct 6, 1:30pm at the Sunrise VC. Everyone is welcome to join us!


Nick Harrison

Abilene, TX

October 06, 2004
07:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the family and especially the Arrowhead Hotshot family for the loss of a fellow wildland firefighter. nincerely, Nick Harrison, Regional Fire Coordinator Texas Forest Service


Nicole Patch

Barrington NH

October 06, 2004
06:35 AM

Dan was one of the nicest kindest individuals that I have ever met. He never looked down on anyone and was the type of person that would give you the shirt off his back. His death is a huge loss and he will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family. Sincerely, Nicole Patch


Jen Clay

Dover, NH

October 06, 2004
06:17 AM

Dan was my daughter's first serious boyfriend. They went to his high school junior prom together, and dated for about a year and a half. I remember Dan as a strong, intelligent, independent, confident, and active teen, full of entusiasm for life. Dan & Sarah hadn't seen each other since high school, until Sarah ran into him on his last visit to NH. She was very happy for Dan, as he was so excited about what he was doing with his life. Sarah & Dan met through their moms, as Dan's mom, Dee, and I were training as trauma intervention volunteers in a new program being piloted by a local victim advocacy group. The founder of that group has contacted all of us who were members of that team with Dan's mom. Those of us in the area who knew Dan are absolutely devastaed by this news, and will be attending visiting hours and the funeral, and helping any way we can. The fire chief in Dan's hometown is one of the most compassionate people you'd ever meet, and his department is providing a lot of support for the family. Please accept my family's sincere condolences, and find comfort in the fact that some of Dan's happiest times were when working with all of you.


Dan Dattilio

Kinderhook, NY

October 06, 2004
06:12 AM

From the entire staff of Martin Van Buren NHS we express our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Dan. It is obvious that he loved the mission of the NPS and his job and we are all saddened by the loss that we all share. His family and friends will be in our thoughts during this difficult time. Dan Dattilio Superintendent


Robert Clark

Haroers Ferry WV

October 06, 2004
05:59 AM

My deepest sympathy to Dan's family, friends, and crewmates on the Arrowhead IHC. Bob Clark, Wildland Firefighter, Harpers Ferry NHP


Joe Bates

Boise, Idaho

October 06, 2004
05:58 AM

Can't imagine the hard time the crew is going through. You all are in out thoughts and prayers. Idaho State Office BLM.


J.W. Howard

Sharpsburg, Maryland

October 06, 2004
05:47 AM

The staff at Antietam National Battlefield send their thoughts and prayers to Dan's family and the crew. God Bless you all,


Janice Brooks

Washington, DC

October 06, 2004
05:42 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and team.


Craig John

Freeport Maine

October 06, 2004
05:40 AM

I found out about Dan's accident yesterday when Jim Cook called to tell me. Though I didn't know Dan, being a former Arrowhead Hotshot, I became deeply saddened by the news. My condolances to Dan's family and the crew. My thoughts are with you.


Joe Taylor

Victorville, Ca

October 06, 2004
05:36 AM

To the Homles family, Arrowhead IHC and entire NPS we would like to send our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. You guys are the best of the best and the toughest on the fireline. Be strong and remember the fire service is one big family and you have support anywhere you look. Joe Taylor "Engineer" CDF/Riverside County Fire. Sta 10.


Jim McGettigan

Valley Forge, Penna.

October 06, 2004
04:37 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan's family and friends. The McGettigan Family


Bryan,Kathy,Megan and Hilary

Exeter, NH

October 06, 2004
03:39 AM

May your memeories of Dan ease the pain. All of us that knew Dan know that he enjoyed life to the fullest...doing exactly what he has always wanted to do. We will miss that great friendly smile and big bear hugs. If we all could be that happy the world would be a simpler and much better place. Arrowheads thanks for all you do, take care and be safe.


Chris and Leigh Orlando

Erie PA

October 06, 2004
01:41 AM

We are sending our deepest condolences to all who knew Dan. Our thoughts are with crew, family and friends. Being friends of a crew member; Pat Owens: we know the dedication and work involved with this job. God Bless Their Work! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With Love Brother, Chris and Leigh Orlando


Dan Crowley

California City, CA

October 06, 2004
01:00 AM

Our thoughts and our souls are so tenuously tied to our bodies. How easy it is to feel pain and the idea of dying so difficult. It makes me want to live more, it's the only thing anyone can do about it. And savor all these moments, be honest and keeps our eyes open, because all this magic that is here everyday changes with every second, and it is gone, leaving I hope, good memories, to keep us company till the end of our days. No regrets. Your Friend, Scrapper


James Montgomery

Buckley, WA

October 05, 2004
10:50 PM

Dan'l, I've never had a brother but I sure feel like I lost one last Saturday. Every day since, I've hiked another trail we worked on together and everywhere I look I've see you in the finished product of our labors. I know what a special place The Mountain had in your heart and how you wanted to come home again. Please know that with your hands you've left a mark recorded in history for all time and you've touched our hearts forever just by being Dan'l. Peace and Love, James (Mt. Rainier Trail Crew)


Rich Browne & CDF Badger Crew

Badger, CA

October 05, 2004
10:19 PM

Sorry to hear about the loss of one of your Firefighters. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family and you guys. Take Care on the Mountain The Badger Crew


Anthony Ferguson

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

October 05, 2004
09:36 PM

I am very sorry to hear of your deep loss. In June 2000 we lost four National Parks and Wildlife Service fire fighters on a prescribed burning operation just north of Sydney. Please extend my condolences and sympathies to Daniel's family. You are in our thoughts. Yours sincerely Anthony Ferguson Fire Management Operations Officer PARKOPS, Fire Management Unit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Department of Environment & Conservation (NSW)


Larry & Sue Luiz

Tulare, CA

October 05, 2004
09:34 PM

Our prayers go out to Dan's family and to all the Hotshot crew members and their families. May God watch over you.


Leslie Kanat

Johnson, VT

October 05, 2004
09:06 PM

I am a firefighter, one of Dan’s friends, and one of his college instructors from Vermont. I cherished the times we had together and he taught me a lot of new words. His smile, his kindness, and his continual efforts to improve the quality of life of those around him made an indelible mark on my memory. I do not have the words to express the sincere sadness that I feel, but I want to tell his family that Dan was one of my favorite students and my wife always referred to him as “Delicious Dan”.


Heather Drachenberg

Breckenridge, Co

October 05, 2004
09:06 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I was deeply saddened when Scott told what had happened. I am thinking about you all and praying for you often. My heart goes out to the crew and to Dan's family. Take care of eachother. --Heather (Scotty's girl)


JAGER

Fairbanks, AK

October 05, 2004
09:05 PM

My thoughts are with you guys, stay strong.


George Kochman

Baltimore, MD

October 05, 2004
08:30 PM

Saddened to hear that you lost one of your brothers. As a former Hotshot I know that it is like losing one of your family. My condolences - George Kochman


micheal beamis

brandamore,pa

October 05, 2004
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brandaore, pa

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Casey Judd

Sacramento, California

October 05, 2004
07:40 PM

As you all grieve the loss of Dan, we, who cherish the honor of representing so many of you in an effort to educate so many on the heroics of your proud profession, stand by you and offer our help and assistance in any way possible. Our prayers and thoughts to you and Dan's family.


Dana Sullivan

Paicines, CA

October 05, 2004
07:37 PM

All of you are in my thoughts. Remembering the good and the fun will help. Carry on.


Matthew Pacheco

Saguaro Fire Use Module Tucson, Arizona

October 05, 2004
07:26 PM

So sorry to hear about your loss and the loss of another one of our own. Take care and stay strong.


Dan Handley

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

October 05, 2004
07:07 PM

I'd like to pass my condolences to Dan Holmes' family and friends. I met Dan in new Zealand last year and spent some quality time with him in the mountains. He was a beautiful person. I will miss him even though it may have been a few years till we next met. I will just miss knowing that he is out there somewhere making the world a better place. But I also want to give thanks that I had the pleasure of knowing him and sharing with him the joy of living. Peace to you bro. Much love to everyone who will be sad he is gone. Dan Handley


Lisa Myers

Empire, MI

October 05, 2004
06:38 PM

Dear Brit, Patrick,Maura and the crew, Please know that you are all on my mind and in my prayers as you and the rest of us in the NPS mourn the loss of your brother in firefighting. I hope you can garner some strength from the mighty sequoias that surround you. Take care and be safe. Lisa Myers (former Kings Canyon District Interpreter)


Dawn Chartier

Westfield MA

October 05, 2004
06:37 PM

We send our deepest condolenses to Dan's parents, Ray and Dee. The loss is so deep that words can't describe what we all are feeling. With tears, Dawn (daughter of Karen Holmes), Dave, Carrie, Nicole and Jordyn.


joshua a rollins

san rafael

October 05, 2004
06:15 PM

hey, if patrick owens is still there could someone have him give me a shout.. thanx


Brad Wright / Pulaski County Wildland Fire Crew

Dublin, Virginia

October 05, 2004
06:14 PM

To all the Arrowhead Hotshots, our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Keep your heads up and keep being the leaders that hotshot crews are.


Pat Haddad

Saguaro National Park - Arizona

October 05, 2004
05:24 PM

To Dan's family, Brit and Crew and my friends at SEKI - May your friendships and faith provide comfort and healing in these difficult times. God Bless you all.


Debbie Bird

Lake Roosevelt NRA

October 05, 2004
05:11 PM

Brit and the rest of the Arrowhead Hotshot crew: I am so sorry about the loss of one of your own. My thoughts are with you. Take good care of each other. I know that you all will revisit that awful day in your mind many times, but please remember this: a ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for. With respect and caring for all of you, Debbie Bird Lake Roosevelt NRA


RON GARCIA, KINGS RIVER H.S

Trimmer Ca

October 05, 2004
05:08 PM

I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER MY CONDOLENCES FOR YOUR TRAGIC LOSS MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH DANIEL'S FAMILY AND THE ARROWHEAD H.S CREW.


Tahoe Crew 2 Tahoe N.F.

Forest Hill,Ca

October 05, 2004
04:50 PM

On behalf of Crew 2 ,our deepest and sincere condolences for the parents and family of Dan Holmes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,friends and Arrowhead Hotshots. We, as fellow firefighters, all grieve over the loss of our own.


Scott Kusumoto

Mammoth Lakes, CA

October 05, 2004
04:43 PM

Pat...Isabel and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the rest of your crew members.


WIZ

PORTLAND, OR

October 05, 2004
04:42 PM

Dan was the kind of person everyone should hope to be. "Peace out bro." ( a quote from Dannyboy as he left my house on his way to California this spring.) You will be missed...


josh karp

Greensboro, VT

October 05, 2004
04:40 PM

Hi, I am Evan's brother. Hi bro, hope to talk to you soon. My heart goes out to Dan's family, and to everyone on the crew. You put your lives on the line every day with courage and dedication and I have the greatest respect for you all. You are all in my thoughts and I wish you strength in this time of grief.


Frank Esquibel

North Rim, Arizona

October 05, 2004
04:37 PM

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I send my condolances and prayers to Daniel's family,friends and crew. Frank Esquibel Engine Crewmember Grand Canyon North Rim


Lucinda Gibson

Orlando, Florida

October 05, 2004
04:34 PM

A stranger to you, in Florida also mourns your los. Daniel was the kind of person that makes me proud just to think of---living the life that combines love of the outdoors and bravery. He died serving the dream of a lot of people who never met him. All you Hotshots should know that there a a lot of people you will never know or meet that admire and support you.


Peg and Paul Burke

Westfield,MA

October 05, 2004
04:24 PM

Dan crossed all bridges with joy and with ease. His life was full of wonderful new experiences. He celebrated these with both families - his biological family and his hot shot family. He loved us all. Our condolences to you, his hot shot family. We know you grieve with us. May God keep you all safe. Aunt Peggy and Uncle Paul


Rob Stone

Visalia, CA

October 05, 2004
04:01 PM

My condolences on your tremendous loss. May your crewmembers memory be celebrated with the class and tardition that represents the Arrowhead IHC. I wish your crew strength in the hard move ahead.


Tandy Jenkins

Ramona, Ca.

October 05, 2004
04:00 PM

My heart breaks for a brother lost. Keep him with you in your hearts for he is smiling down on you all.


Terry Applebee

Grant Grove Ca.

October 05, 2004
03:55 PM

We will all miss Dan here at G.G. Maint our hearts are with all you guyes on the crew.


John and Geri Goffe

Gallup, NM

October 05, 2004
03:55 PM

We knew Danny well and will miss him very much. It was a great loss. He had such an outgoing personality. He touched everyone he came in contact with.


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Ruth and Terry Matilsky (Jake's parents)

Highland Park, New Jersey

October 05, 2004
03:19 PM

Terry and I want you to know that we are grieving with you all. It is hard to understand when someone so young and filled with life and love is gone so suddenly. We wish you all in Kings Canyon, as well as Dan's family and dear friends, the strengh to deal with the coming days and years without him. The Matilsky Family


Damien Turley

Three Rivers CA

October 05, 2004
03:13 PM

Brit , crew & the Family There are No words I can express for your lost- my condolences Damien Turley Crew 91 SEKI


ALPINE IHC

Rocky Mountain National Park

October 05, 2004
03:01 PM

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to your crew. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do for any of you please do not hesitate to ask.


Deidre Hruby

Madelia, MN

October 05, 2004
02:50 PM

To the family, friends and crewmates of Dan:Our hearts are filled with sorrow for your terrible loss. We heard the pain in Nick's voice telling us of the tragedy. May the out pouring of support wrap you in warmth and begin the healing process. Stay strong. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs from Minnesota, Deidre and Pat Hruby


Masako Hasebe

Three Rivers, CA

October 05, 2004
02:40 PM

Thank you for being YOU! Dan, you will be missed! With deepest sympathy to Dan's immediate family, fellow Arrowhead Hotshots, relatives and friends. My prayers goes out to all of you. "PAX Vobiscum: Peace be with you. V/R Masako Hasebe, SEKI Courier/Visitor Use Assistant


Michael Salas / Los Padres N.F.

Santa Barbara, CA

October 05, 2004
02:38 PM

Brit and Crew, Dan, his family, and Arrowhead HS are in my prayers for the tragic and unexpected loss of one your finest crew memebers. My family and I wish you all the best.


George Solverson

Boise, ID

October 05, 2004
02:35 PM

The heavens send a mesage to all those who grieve: Rather than being consumed by sorrow, could it be that you are becoming fire? Make of your grief first glowing embers, then wildfire, and bring your burning hope to another. Make of your grief wildire--the wisdom of your experience will ignite the passion of your joining. Life will not go on in the same way without Daniel. If it were the same, we could only conclude his life meant nothing, made on contribution. The fact that Daniel left behind a place that cannot be filled is a high tribute to the uniqueness of his soul. George Solverson Potpeak Fire and Boise NF Safety Officer


Anthony Williams

LaCanada Flintridge, CA

October 05, 2004
02:19 PM

Arrowhead Hotshots, Our condolences to Dan and his family. Please accept our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Keep your heads up and if you need anything at all please call us for help. Anthony Williams Prescribed Fire & Fuels Manager Los Angeles County Fire Department Camp #2 800-799-6434


Dan's Friends at Mt. Rainier

Washington

October 05, 2004
02:16 PM

Mt. Rainier National Park is holding a service for Dan tomorrow, Wednesday, at 1:30 PM in the Sunrise area and a gathering that evening at White River. Please come. We miss Danny.


Dawn D. Dempsey

Washington, D.C. (NPS Headquarters)

October 05, 2004
02:11 PM

Its extremely difficult to find the exact and perfect words to express to the family & friends regarding Dan's passing. However, I offer my sincere condolences to you all. Park Serivce has lost "the best of their best." Reading Dan's history with the NPS describes one who's show exemplary service within this Agency. His accomplishments were great. Again, I am so sorry to learn of this loss, I, for some reason, feel a deep personal sadness. God Be With You All!


Robin Wills

chico Ca

October 05, 2004
02:08 PM

My thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. Be strong and know the best life is the life well lived. Godspeed.


Scott Scheibner

Tahoe City, CA

October 05, 2004
01:58 PM

All of us at the CA State Parks Sierra District Resource Office are deeply saddened by the the tragic death of Daniel Holmes. We experienced a near-miss with a snag on on of our own prescribed burns two weeks ago. Condolences go out to his family, crewmates, and friends. Our thoughts are with you. ----Scott


Dick Reynolds - USFS R5 FAM and Anne Reynolds Sierra LEI

Clovis, CA

October 05, 2004
01:46 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brit and crew along with Daniel's family and friends in this tragic time. We all know death will come, but such an untimely loss as this hits so much harder. Take care of each other and keep remembering your crew's moto it says a lot.


April Biracree & Jay Wisowaty

Portland, OR

October 05, 2004
01:33 PM

Dan, was an amazing person. He did so much and has been so many places. He would stay with us on his way up to WA or on his way south. He was like a brother to me. We loved him very much and looked forword to his visets and his storys. He will never be forgoten. love April and Jay We love you Dan.


Tina Greenhalgh

Richfield, UT

October 05, 2004
01:29 PM

Our hearts and prayer go out to the Family and Crew.


Jeanne McMullen

Madelia, Mn.

October 05, 2004
01:20 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. A friend of Nick Hruby


Jeanne McMullen

Madelia, Mn.

October 05, 2004
01:18 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. A friend of Nick Hruby


Rick Wilson

Florissant, CO

October 05, 2004
01:16 PM

Our deepest sympathies to Dan’s family and crew - but I repeat myself, for we are all family within the firefighting ranks and within the NPS. When such a tragedy occurs it ripples throughout that extended family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Be safe, stay strong, and watch out for one-another. Sincerely, Rick Wilson, Chief Ranger Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and the rest of the FLFO firefighters and staff.






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01:15 PM


Helitack

Ash Mountain

October 05, 2004
01:05 PM

Hang tough everyone. We're thinking about you all. "On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death...Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights. All is divine harmony." --John Muir


Liz Jones

Lemoore, CA

October 05, 2004
01:02 PM

I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Just wanted all the guys, Mora and the girl(s) on the crew to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. You were all so good to my sister, Sara Jones, while she was on the crew from 2002-03 and my heart goes out to you all. God Bless, Liz


Todd Smith

Mount Rainier National Park, WA

October 05, 2004
01:02 PM

So sad to hear about Dan's death. We lived next door to one another at Ohanapecosh in 2000. He was one of the most vibrant people I have ever known, and one of the most caring and sincere. Our flag is at half-staff at Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, our badges are black with mourning, and our hearts are sick with loss.


MICHAEL FAULKNER

kings canyon, ca

October 05, 2004
12:56 PM

my heart is heavier after these last few days than ever in my life, i sang for your brother so that as he passes into the other side his hunting will be good and his quiver will never run empty. being as how Dan was a Hotshot he truly had a warriors heart.


Jeff Hinson

el portal, CA

October 05, 2004
12:50 PM

Our Hearts are with you, stay strong.Yosemite Crew 7


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Emily Edgar

Three Rivers CA

October 05, 2004
12:47 PM

To lose one of our employees is hard enough, but to lose one so tragically is difficult to bear. May God bring peace to each of your hearts at this time, dear Hotshots! I didn't know Dan, but if he was a Hotshot, he was the best of the best!


Jay Perkins

Yreka, CA

October 05, 2004
12:46 PM

When I got the call Saturday from the Klamath Hotshots informing me that another tragic accident had occured, my heart sank...thinking that another fine young firefighter had lost his life in pursuit of a passion few understand. My heart aches for the Arrowhead Hotshots, the Park, the NPS, and particulary Dan's family. He will be in my thoughts...as will be his crew and family.


Julie Thomas

Cassville Ranger Station - Mark Twain Nat'l Forest - Missouri

October 05, 2004
12:34 PM

Your are in our prayers...


April Biracree& Jay Wisowaty

Portland, OR

October 05, 2004
12:32 PM


Tom Tschohl

Eagle Point, Oregon

October 05, 2004
12:29 PM

My heart goes out to the Arrowhead team and to Dan's family. I am sure Dan will be missed and will pain the team for sometime. Your team is one of best. Look forward and feel rewarded that you had time to share with such a special person. I am sure Dan served with the same pride and dedication that is the long record of Arrowhead. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom Tschohl


David Allen

Three Rivers, CA

October 05, 2004
12:09 PM

Dear Arrowhead. Your friends from the Sequoia District send their deepest condolences. Helicopter 552 crew, Engine 72, and myself are thinking about our friends at Arrowhead. Dave Allen.


Jean Burke

North Hampton,New Hampshire

October 05, 2004
11:57 AM

Being Dan's Gram was loads of fun!! We were blessed having him for a short time, I may say too short a time. He was a delight ALL of his life. He loved being there with all of you doing just what he was doing! Thanks to all of you on his crew. Love to all Gram


Harold Gemmell

Libby MT

October 05, 2004
11:56 AM

My condolences to Dan's family, friends, and crew.


scott bissegger IC 3 trainee

stansbury Ut.

October 05, 2004
11:25 AM

My prayers and condolences are with all of you. This is truly an unfortunate accident. Godspeed to all of you.


Tom O'Connell CIMT-4

Oroville Ca.

October 05, 2004
11:17 AM

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.


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October 05, 2004
11:16 AM

Condolences on behalf of Six Rivers Crew 2


Ben Jacobs

Sequoia and Kings Canyon, CA

October 05, 2004
10:45 AM

Arrowhead brothers and sisters, past, present and future. I just want to thank you for all the strength you have provided to me the past week, as well as all the joys during my years with the Crew. I only hope that I have been able to be there for you as you all have been there for me. It is the highest honor of my life to escort Dan Holmes back to New Hampshire. Writing this through the blur of tears, I'll try and do my best to represent the Crew and meet your expectations in the Arrowhead tradition. You all are the best and I feel privileged to know and work with all of you. Ben Jacobs


Rick Case

Oroville Ca.

October 05, 2004
10:39 AM

My prayers are with you all.


Hal Mortier

San Diego, CA

October 05, 2004
10:33 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out for your crew, Dan's family, and his friends. Nothing saddens me more than to hear of one of our young heroes tragically removed from our ranks, while serving his country as a wildland firefighter. God Bless you all!


Mark von Tillow

Santa Barbara, Ca.

October 05, 2004
10:29 AM

Brit & Crew, Sorry to hear about your untimely loss. You guys are top notch and I'm sure will come together even stronger to get thru this period. My condolences. Mark


Stacy Hamilton

Trimmer, CA

October 05, 2004
10:22 AM

Condolences on behalf of Sierra Helitack.


Larry Kohagen Capt. - VNC

Ventura, Ca.

October 05, 2004
10:17 AM

My condolences and prayers to the family of Daniel Holmes and to his work "family".


Jim Bitz/Calgary FD/Health&Safety Officer

Calgary, Alberta/CANADA/T2G 3H2

October 05, 2004
10:15 AM

Unable to fully express the grief, turmoil and upset caused by the line of duty death of a brother fire fighter. What I can outwardly express goes out to family and platoon members. Great site guys, like the action fotos from Price Fire 2004 Jim


Greg Black

Bakersfield, Ca.

October 05, 2004
10:13 AM

Brit and crew, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your crew during this time of sadness and loss.. I am praying for all of you and for Dan's family. Greg Black, Kern County Fire Dept.


Cristian Lopez

Chester Helitack

October 05, 2004
10:09 AM

Hey guys sorry to hear about your fallen brother. From what I hear he was a great guy. Well keep your heads up, and just know you guys did all you can do and thats all you can ask for. As for my brother, Pedro hey bud you'll be alright just keep going and move forward ....just hit me up when you need bro im right here...well guys take care of each other ...hang in there guys ...you guys are gonna be alright... Lopez..


Larry & Lucy Jones

Lemoore, CA

October 05, 2004
10:09 AM

Dear Arrowhead Crew, Our hearts, sympathy, and prayers go to Daniel's family and to each and every one of you wonderful people. We know this is a most challenging and stressful time for each and everyone of you and Daniel's family. Our daughter Sara (former Arrowhead Hotshot) wishes so much she could be there with you all at this time, you are such an important part of her life and she feels she will always be part of the Arrowhead family. Support each other and know that God is with each of you to meet your innermost needs. Look to Him and call upon Him to sustain you and see you through this time. We are so proud and thankful that Sara had the opportunity to work with the people of the most respected Arrowhead Hotshots. God's Blessings to you all.


Rebecca Britton

King Salmon, Alaska

October 05, 2004
09:52 AM

My deepest sympathies go out to all of you during this great loss. We too, lost a Ranger almost two years ago and the loss felt is tremendous. Words cannot take away your pain, but do try and take comfort in his memory and join together in the Park Service Family. It is a strong one. Most Sincerely, Rebecca Britton-Dispatch- Katmai NP&P


gus martinez

Gustavus, Alaska

October 05, 2004
09:46 AM

Our thoughts go out to the Arrowheads, and to Dan's family, from the staff at Glacier Bay. The Tlingit people from Glacier Bay believe that those who are not on this earth, still join us at the table when we eat. Ch'aas Xaach uk yaa, Xwa Xaa! Is it just me that ate it? My ancestors ate it! So, remember Dan when you enjoy your life, your memories and your future. Stay Safe! Gus


Alec Lane

Plumas NF

October 05, 2004
09:44 AM

My condolences to Dan's family and crew. You are in my thoughts and prayers. The whole fire community shares your grief and stands ready to help.


Staff of Bent's Old Fort NHS

La Junta, CO

October 05, 2004
09:43 AM

We send our deepest condolences for the loss of Daniel Holmes. Please know that many NPS employees are thinking of you all during this difficult time.


Jase Harris

Charlestown, NH

October 05, 2004
09:42 AM

I had the honor of working with Dan during his first season at Mt. Rainier when was an SCA intern. He was devoted, enthusiastic and selfless. He honored the NPS with his work and dedication. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to call Dan a friend and co-worker. I'm sure others that had the chance to know Dan feel the same. All at The Student Conservation Association send their condolences to Dan's family, friends and the Arrowhead Hotshots.


Mark De Gregorio

Rocky Mountain NP, Estes Park, CO

October 05, 2004
09:40 AM

I am deeply saddened by Dan's loss. Hang tough.


Matthew Branch

Colorado Springs, CO

October 05, 2004
09:34 AM

The El Paso County Wildland Crew sends our thoughts and prayers.


Al King

Boise, ID

October 05, 2004
09:31 AM

Brit & crew - My heart aches for all of you and my thoughts and prayers are with you. We are all greatly saddened by the loss of Dan. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist the crew during this difficult time.


Mary Cowan

Erie, PA

October 05, 2004
09:12 AM

To Dan's family and all the Arrowhead Hotshots My sincere and deepest sympathy, my heart aches for each of you. Your loss is so great. I pray that your good memories of Dan will someday ease your sadness Love, Mary (Pat Owens' mom)


Jerry Boyd

Baker City, Oregon

October 05, 2004
09:07 AM

The Baker County Oregon 9-1-1 Dispatch Center sends its condolences to Dan's family and crew at this difficult time


Kris Thornbury

Kings Canyon, CA

October 05, 2004
09:06 AM

My thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. Kris Thornbury Grant Grove Maintenance


Lolo Hotshots

Missoula, Montana

October 05, 2004
09:04 AM

Brit and crew, our thoughts are with you. Though we haven't seen you in a couple of years,we always enjoy working with Arrowhead. Condolences.


John Mc Donald

Bonney Lake, Washington

October 05, 2004
09:02 AM

Just a note to express my condolences to the members of the Arrowhead Hotshots and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. As a structural/wildland firefighter and a member of one of Washington State's Interagency Type II Teams, I share in your loss. While we all understand the risks that come with our profession, it doesn't help to soften the impact we feel when we lose one of our own. May God Bless each and everyone of you. You are in our prayers. John Mc Donald, Assistant Chief - East Pierce Fire & Rescue


Mike Torok

Port Angeles,WA

October 05, 2004
08:56 AM

I don't know of anything that I can say to express the sadness that an accident like this causes. Condolences to Dan's family and loved ones. Be safe.


Andy Beck

Dickinson, ND

October 05, 2004
08:55 AM

Our crew sends it's compassion and condolences. We are thinking about you, and wish all of you the best. Stay together, and the pain will pass and will be replaced by memories.


Gary Cardoza

Sacramento, California

October 05, 2004
08:47 AM

I want to extend my sympathy to the family of Dan for their tragic loss. The loss of a family member is the greatest loss there is. Some of us have been there and truly understand the hardships. Also to the crew you have lost a member of your "family" and that is also hard. Keep you memories of him alive by talking and supporting each other. GARY


Daryl Stockdale

Greenville, CA

October 05, 2004
08:47 AM

Please accept my sincere condolences. All of our hearts in the fire family are heavy after your loss. Take care of yourselves.


Felix Berbena (STF IHC CAPT.)

Sonora,CA

October 05, 2004
08:43 AM

We are sorry to hear about your incident. If there is any thing we can do to help you folks out please let us know. We are behind you 100 Percent


Ed and Kay Nelson

Orange Cove, CA

October 05, 2004
08:42 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!! Ed and Kay Nelson


Mike Benefield

Prineville, OR.

October 05, 2004
08:29 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From your firefighting brothers and sisters here in Central Oregon. Mike Benefield Division Chief Rivers Division (BLM/FS) Central Oregon Fire Mgt. Service


Bob Love

Tucson, Arizona

October 05, 2004
08:27 AM

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dan Holmes. We're never prepared for something like this, and that's why its so hard. From what I can tell, Dan seemed to epitomize everything that's right about the NPS. The entire NPS family mourns this tragic loss. Keep your head up Arrowhead; mourn the loss, but celebrate the life Dan lead...


Craig Daugherty

Chama, NM

October 05, 2004
08:21 AM

Worked with you guys on the Lookout Fire. Very saddened to hear about your loss. Would like to send my condolences. Sincerely, Craig Daugherty DIVS New Mexico Type II Team


Bruce Lodge FC Columbia Helitack

Sonora, CA

October 05, 2004
08:20 AM

I know first hand how difficult it is to loss a member of your crew, a brother, a friend, a family member. I know too that mere words can never ease the pain, or sooth the soul. But mear words are all I have. Please accept my condolences, and know that you are not alone in your grief. Firefighters everywhere wish you peace. Sincerely, Bruce Lodge


Craig Daugherty

Chama, NM

October 05, 2004
08:20 AM

Worked with you guys on the Lookout Fire. Very saddened to hear about your loss. Would like to send my condolences. Sincerely, Craig Daugherty DIVS New Mexico Type II Team


Cathy/ Ash Mtn Human Resources

Three Rivers, Ca

October 05, 2004
08:15 AM

Heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Brit and all our Arrow Head Hotshot crewmembers for our loss of Daniel. What a sad time this must be, and to Daniel's family, I can't imagine losing a child. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all.


Bruce Fields

Bryce Canyon NP

October 05, 2004
08:11 AM

Brit and crew - stay strong our thoughts are with you.


Bob Panko

Everglades NP, Homestead, Fl

October 05, 2004
08:11 AM

How do you express the sorrow we feel for Dan's family, the entire crew, the Fire Program staff and Supt? Our thoughts are with you all. Trust that our firefighter and NPS families will be there with you to get you through these tough times and tough days ahead. From all of the fire crew in Everglades our thoughts are with you. Bob Panko, FMO


Jenny Dems

Denver, CO

October 05, 2004
07:48 AM

My sincere condolences to all of you. My heart goes out to you and Dan's family. I have two family members that are NPS firefighters and I have been one myself. This hits home and I pray for you all. Hang in there and grow in strength - keep Dan close to your heart. Jenny Dems


Yellowstone Fire and Aviation Operations

Yellowstone National Park, WY

October 05, 2004
07:36 AM

The entire staff and the families of the Yellowstone Fire and Aviation Operations offers our thoughts and condolences during this time of sadness. We can only take comfort in the fact he was doing what he loved most.


Dan Buckley

Boise, Idaho

October 05, 2004
07:31 AM

To the family and crew of Dan, my thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of grief and loss. News of Dan's death has greatly saddened the former Arrowheads here in Boise; we are all mourning with you. Buck.


Linda Swain

Boise, Idaho

October 05, 2004
07:16 AM

Our Thoughts and prayers are with your entire crew during this time of loss. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I hope your fond memories of Dan will help you endure this saddest of times.


Sue Schwarz

Three Rivers, CA

October 05, 2004
07:07 AM

Brit, Patrick, Maura and the entire crew, My thoughts are with you all through this most difficult time. The entire park staff here at SEKI is feeling this loss, and we are all concerned about our Arrowhead Crew.


Andy Verdugo

Hemet Ca

October 05, 2004
07:00 AM

I'm Very sorry to hear about your loss our condolences and thoughts are with you from BDF E-50


Steven Carlson

Driggs, Idaho

October 05, 2004
06:52 AM

Sorry for the devastating loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. It will be only a few more weeks untill you can put this season behind you. We will all remember Dan and his family for many many years just like we remember all the ones we have lost in this job. Chin up and keep it safe. Steve Carlson, Engine 1551 Targhee N.F.


Theresa R. Adams

Temple Bar, Arizona

October 05, 2004
06:30 AM

In Loving Memory of Our NPS Family Member, Rest in Peace


Ruby Mountain IHC

Elko, NV

October 05, 2004
06:29 AM

You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Lisa and John Wilkinson

Delmar, NY

October 05, 2004
06:25 AM

In honor of Daniel Holmes, the beloved nephew of our brother-in-law Paul Burke, who died in a tragic accident last Saturday. Our condolences to all of his co-workers. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless, Lisa and John Wilkinson Delmar, NY


Gary Crowell

Portland Maine

October 05, 2004
06:12 AM

I work with Katie McCann one of Dan's friends and while I did not know Dan, knowing Katie, tells me that he was a real champion. I thank God for his commitment and send my prayers out for his family and friends.


Chris Jefferson

Plano, Tx

October 05, 2004
06:10 AM

We are sorry for your loss. All of us at local 2149 in Plano Tx will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew

Wilmington, IL

October 05, 2004
05:40 AM

The Midewin IHC sends its heartfelt sympathy and support to Dan's Family and to the Arrowhead Hotshots. We hope that you receive as much support from the fire community as we did this spring. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help. Stay strong.


Chris Long



October 05, 2004
05:30 AM

Our thoughts are with Dan's family and anyone who's life he touched. Arrowhead, we miss and love you very much. Chris and Stephanie Long


Uncle John Burke

Hampton, NH

October 05, 2004
04:33 AM

I am so proud of Dan and all his accomplishments. He really loved life. Dan is my nephew and friend. Thank you to all of the Arrowhead Hotshot family for your support. Stay safe.


Jason Kelly

Jackson, MI

October 05, 2004
04:18 AM

I keep all of you close in my thoughts and prayers. You are all very brave and do a great service for our country.


Wol Worrell

Victoria - Australia

October 05, 2004
03:39 AM

Please pass on our condolences to Daniel Holmes, family & to the Arrowhead Hotshots. The loss of a wildland firefighter in the performance of their duties is felt deeply by wildland firefighters across the world & reminds us all of the inherent dangers associated with the job we all love. Olinda Hotshots Dandenong Ranges National Park Victoria - Australia


Gray Jones

Vienna, Austria

October 05, 2004
03:22 AM

Dear Brit, Rich, Captain Morgan, and Crew: I am deeply sorry to hear of this devastating loss. As it happens, I am delivering a fire ecology slide show to students here at the school tomorrow which I will dedicate to the memory of Daniel Holmes. Though I did know Dan, I feel as though I did. I wept like a child at my desk this morning when I read this news. I am so very sorry for your loss. Gray '90, '95, '96


Anita Rosso

Danville, California

October 04, 2004
10:58 PM

Just don't know what to say about such a great loss. It is heartbreaking. Can't even begin to imagine the loss of a child. My most sincere condolences and prayers for Dan's parents and family during this most sorrowful time. To Dan's Hotshot family you are now missing a work partner, a brother, a buddy and a friend. A very big and tragic loss. You will get through this with the support of your Hotshot family for you are exceptional. That is why you were selected, as Dan was, to become Hotshots for you are the best. You have so many who love you and will help and support you during this most difficult of times. My heart goes out to all of you. Anita Rosso (Brit's Mom)


Chuck and Rachael Harris

Weed, CA

October 04, 2004
10:14 PM

Dear crew, we just wanted you to know that we love and appreciate all of you. We are praying for you, and thinking of you. Please let us know if you need anything. Our deepest condolences go out to Dan's family.


Edgar Ortega

Ontario , California

October 04, 2004
10:09 PM

All of our prayers are with all of you at this time of sadness. Don't remember the sad , but remember the the happy time that you all spent together..


Mathew & Jennifer Jones

Lemoore, CA

October 04, 2004
10:00 PM

God Bless you all for your courage and strength!!!


Gavin Plasschaert (LA CITY FD)

Saugus, Ca

October 04, 2004
09:57 PM

I would like to give me condolences to the Holmes family and Arrowhead Hotshot family and friends. May God bless you during your loss.


Jane

Mount Vernon, Washington

October 04, 2004
09:09 PM

I'd like to send condolences on behalf of the Washington State University Fall 2004 Natural Resources 300 class. We recently viewed the Nova video Fire Wars, and to learn of the tragedy so soon afterward, has affected us all greatly. Our hearts go out to Dan's family and the Arrowhead Hotshots. God Bless you all.


Jane

Mount Vernon, Washington

October 04, 2004
09:08 PM

I'd like to send condolences on behalf of the Washington State University Fall 2004 Natural Resources 300 class. We recently viewed the Nova video Fire Wars, and to learn of the tragedy so soon afterward, has affected us all greatly. Our hearts go out to Dan's family and the Arrowhead Hotshots. God Bless you all.


Lena Boesser-Koschmann

Boulder City, NV

October 04, 2004
08:57 PM

My thoughts are with you all, and my heart goes out to you. I know what it is like to lose a brother, a friend, and I am so sorry.


Paul Basye

Whiskeytown,Ca

October 04, 2004
08:53 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. He will be in are prayers.


Jason

Santa Barbara, CA

October 04, 2004
08:39 PM

Just wanted to send my condolences. It is extremely tragic to lose a brother. JS SBCFD and former USFS hotshot


Kurt Koester

Bellingham, WA

October 04, 2004
08:34 PM

I want to to say my heart is with you. I had the pleasure of knowing Dan when he was in the process of looking at getting on a shot crew, as a fellow wildland firefighter we hit it off, and talked often about his options. I had just switched to working for a structural dept. and Dan was looking for ways to secure a spot on a shot crew. I can still remember the afternoon when he said with a smile from ear to ear, (which I am sure you have all seen) I'm going to go work for the Arrowhead Hotshots. We both knew the rep your crew had and Dan was so excited. He was truly a nice guy. Bump up Dan!


Matthew Holmes

Tampa, FL

October 04, 2004
08:33 PM

Hotshots, I want to express my appreciation to all of you guys on Dan's crew and firefighters everywhere for all you do. My brother Dan was so proud to be a member of such a courageous and professional group. Please keep him in your hearts and thoughts always so that he may live forever.


Brian C. White

Sonora, California

October 04, 2004
08:17 PM

My sincere condolences to Dan's family, friends and crew. Please know that what he did was courageous, rewarding, and appreciated! Thank you Dan, Brian White. ( former seven year U.S.F.S, Stanislaus N.F. Firefighter and current ten year City of Turlock, CA. Fire Captain)


David E. Hedges

Redwood Valley

October 04, 2004
07:37 PM

Bear Divide HotShots ANF


Mike Willardson

Coram, Montana

October 04, 2004
07:22 PM

great web site Sorry for our lose, we will keep you all in our prayers. Montana DNRC


Lindsey Talon

Rochester, NH

October 04, 2004
07:11 PM

We will never forget you Danny! You will always be here with us. We love you. I am so sorry for your loss Dee were always aroung the corner if you need anything at all we love you.


Jeanette Gilbert

Volcano, HI

October 04, 2004
06:50 PM

Dear Britt, Crew and family of Daniel, On behalf of the Hawaii Volcanoes Fire Crew we would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences. Our thoughts are with you. Aloha Palena 'Ole


Uncle Chris & Auntie Lisa

Southwick, MA

October 04, 2004
06:44 PM

We would like to thank everyone for their love, support, and prayers. Danny will be missed greatly by all. We pray that the Lord keeps all firefighters safe. Thank You for all you do.


Uncle



October 04, 2004
06:39 PM


Uncle Jeff, Auntie Carol, and Jeffrey Burke

Westfield, MA

October 04, 2004
06:31 PM

Dear Arrowhead Crew: Thanks for all your support to my sister Dee (Dan's mom) and the rest of the family. It's nice to know that Danny had a very special family with the Arrowhead crew. We will all miss him dearly. Keep safe. Love, Uncle Jeff, Auntie Carol, and Jeffrey


Jean and Garth Gideon

Cottonwood, Minnesota

October 04, 2004
06:27 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, we can only imagine how tough the loss of Dan is for all of you, special love to Nick


Mark Nunez, LPF BC-32

Santa Maria, CA

October 04, 2004
06:15 PM

Your crew and families are in my thoughts and prayers. Mark


Tharin

Sequim, WA

October 04, 2004
06:02 PM

Sorry for the loss. In reading the entrys in the guest book I believe Dan was a wonderfull young man and he will be missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and the firefighting family. May God be with you all.


Camille KIimek

Chester, Ca.

October 04, 2004
06:00 PM

Brit and crew-just found out about the accident, I feel like I have just lost another family member. You are all in my deepest thoughts. Don't even know what to say. Take care of your selves. -Camille Thrash Klimek


shannon alto

porterville, california

October 04, 2004
05:59 PM

We, Tule River Indian Reservation Fire Department offer prayer and grief over the loss of Daniel Holmes. Our prayers for the Family and Arrowhead Hot Shot Crew will be in our forest winds forever. Please accept my Tribes deepest condolences.


Ken Jordan Sierra IHC

Oakhurst Ca

October 04, 2004
05:48 PM

Britt and crew, Words cannot express our heartfelt sympathy sorrow and concern. We know how much you care for each other there. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and Daniels family as you face this hard time, please let us know if there is anything we can do. Sincerely On behalf of the Sierra IHC Ken


Captain James Durr

NAS Lemoore Federasl Fire Dept., CA

October 04, 2004
05:41 PM

I wish to convey my dearest condolences on behalf of the Lemoore Federal Firefighters, IAFF Local F-102, NAS Lemoore, CA. It is with a sad heart I learned of the tragic incident in the Kings Nat'l Forest. Daniel was not known to us by face, yet he was felt in our brotherhood. Please extend our deepest sympathy to Daniel's family, and his coworkers. He shall never be forgotten. James R. Durr, Vice President, IAFF F-102 (f-102@fedfire.org)


Meagan Miller (cousin)

Westfield, MA

October 04, 2004
05:39 PM

Cousin Danny lived life to the fullest. I always anxiously awaited his postcards to read about his recent extreme adventures. He enjoyed whatever he did in life and always had a positive attitude. Thank you Arrowhead Crew. Stay safe.


Tom & Barbara Shidner

Summerfield, Florida

October 04, 2004
05:36 PM

We will never forget Dan's smile, as will all that knew him.  Our condolence goes out to Dans family, friends, and fellow firefighters. May God Bless Him.


Captain James Durr

NAS

October 04, 2004
05:34 PM


Don W. Morris

Southwick, MA

October 04, 2004
05:33 PM

Sorry to hear about the loss of one of your own. You have my sincerest sympathy. I was informed today that one of my firefighters is related to Dan Holmes. He was my firefighter John Westcott's wife's cousin's son. I am always sorry to hear about any loss but it especially touches the heart when that person is related to one of our own.


Scott Livengood

Breckenridge Colorado

October 04, 2004
05:22 PM

Arrowhead, My thoughts and prayers are with all you guys. Love, Scott


Alan Saperstein

Philadelphia, PA

October 04, 2004
05:22 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.


San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Fire Crew

Los Banos California

October 04, 2004
05:00 PM

To Jake M. and the rest of the Arrowhead Hotshots, our prayers and concerns go out. We are truly sorry for your loss this year. See you all on the next fire.


The Kadash Family

Cheshire, Oregon

October 04, 2004
04:46 PM

To the Hot Shot crew, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this most difficult of times. Positive energy, hugs and tears will heal your hearts. Special mental hug to Jake and Maggie in this particularly hard time of life. We love you and are thinking of you. Love, Tom and Sandi


Nicky Lindig

Grand Canyon, Arizona

October 04, 2004
04:41 PM

I am so so sorry for the loss of one of yours/ours. His memory will be never lost to you.


Lt. Richard D Murphy Jr

Newmarket Nh

October 04, 2004
04:36 PM

Dear Bothers and sisters Dee, Dans Mom is a longtime friend and co-worker I Spent some time yesterday (Sun) With her at her home I Was There When Dans Boss Called To Let Dee Know what had happened--All I can Say Is This-having spent 24+ years in the fire service we all know that things happen it does not lessen the pain or grief but all of us here are very sure that dan was doing exactly what he loved to do. Dee knows that every thing possible was done. the pain will fade. we are thinking of you at this time as we know your thoughts are with us. with regards Richard Murphy Portsmouth Fire Department.


special processes 2nd shift

windsor locks ct.

October 04, 2004
04:30 PM

With our most heart felt sympathies, our prayers are with the Holmes family, at this most sorrowful times. May god help you and give you guidance in your time of need.


Tom Bowling-Schaff

Lava Beds National Monument, CA

October 04, 2004
04:29 PM

Our paths have crossed many times over the years. I want you all to know that your crew is the best I have ever worked with and I look forward to doing so again in the future. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Thank you for the hard work you do every season. Tom Bowling-Schaff (Alpine IHC 83-84)


Isabel Alvarado

Visalia, CA

October 04, 2004
04:20 PM

My deepest condolences to Dan's family, friends, and the crew. I can't even begin to imagine your pain. Allow yourselves to grieve, the storm will pass. My heart goes out to you all. If I can be of any help please don't hesitate to ask. Much love, Isabel.


Holly Shannon--(Don's mom)

Pioneer, CA

October 04, 2004
04:19 PM

To the Hotshot Crew: The loss of your good friend will be one of the most difficult things you will face. Be supportive and understanding of each other. The strong bond you have forged together over these past few months will see you through. Dan touched each of you in a unique way, share your good memories and funny stories. All of us Arrowhead moms wish we could be there with you. To Don: Dad, Liz and I send you all of our love.


Mike, Brenda Jill & Kylie Fritz

North Hampton, NH 0382

October 04, 2004
04:14 PM

Dan will be sadly missed by family and friends. He was truly an inspiration and loved life. We always looked forward to his Christmas Eve. updates about his past year adventures. We envied and admired Dan for his jest for life and yearning for new adventures. Our thoughts and prayers to his family and his fellow Hotshots!


Ellen Myers

Ashford, WA

October 04, 2004
04:08 PM

I am so saddened by the loss of Dan. I met a few of you at the Pot Peak Fire in Chelan and knew Dan from when he worked here at Rainier NP. I feel luck to have seen him once again this summer, not knowing that would be the last. He and I went on some of his first fire dispatches together(Heli crew member). He seemed happy and proud to have his part in your great team. He was a good soul and will be sorely missed. I am grieving with you all.


janie duncan

East Waterboro, Maine

October 04, 2004
04:06 PM

Such extraordinary courage and commitment you all show. How proud we all are of each one of you. Thank you all for what you do and please stay safe. May all of you in Dan's "family" find comfort and strength in one another, and to my dear friend Dee, Dan's mom, may your wonderful memories of Dan bring comfort and sunshine to your heart again. janie


Claudia L. Haddon

Ellensburg WA

October 04, 2004
04:04 PM

My thoughts a prayers are with you all. We all appreciate everything you do for us each day. Please take care and be safe.


Herman Ragg

Stroudsburg, PA

October 04, 2004
04:03 PM

I'm 18 year retired Volunteer Fire Fighter for Tuckerton, NJ - I know what your grief is like. We lost 6 men from our mutual aid neighbor town fire dept when their truck was over run by a forest fire in a wind change while fighting it which was heading toward our towns. Their truck was the best built in the whole county and could push down a 18" dia. tree. Just know that when God calls one of us home the ones left behind wonder why; But even though his time on earth was short I know he touched many lives and will be remembered by those persons until they are called home.


Claudia



October 04, 2004
04:01 PM


Jim Wilkins

Wrightwood, CA

October 04, 2004
03:56 PM

My sincere condolences to Dan's family....both personal and HotShot. What a difficult time for each of you


Paul Slinde

Three Rivers , Calif.

October 04, 2004
03:37 PM

I would like all of you to know I am thinking of you during this difficult time. If there is anything Kings Canyon maintenance or myself can do , please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul Slinde


Joshua Erickson

Fritch, Texas

October 04, 2004
03:28 PM

Brit and gang, All of us at Lake Meredith N.R.A. fire staff would like to pass on our sincere condolences on the passing of Daniel Holmes. Please contact us if we can help in any way. 806-865-3360


Doug and Shannin Edwards

Creswell, Oregon

October 04, 2004
03:23 PM

I just want to let Jake Akerberg know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your crew during such a sad time. Be strong and have faith that you will heal from this and it will make you all stronger. I can not imagine what you are going through but I have been close to losing someone that meant a million to me. Just keep strong and remember that tears heal your heart!! Love ya tons Jakie Love Shannin


Scott Smith

Vandenberg Hot Shots

October 04, 2004
03:19 PM

I am so sorry to hear this tragic news. I can't imagine how hard it must be for his family as well as your crew. Stay strong. My thoughts are with you.


Dave Hamrick

Fort Collins, CO

October 04, 2004
03:16 PM

On behalf of the Roosevelt Hotshots I want to pass along our sorrow to you for the loss of Daniel Holmes. Our thoughts are with all of you and with Daniels other friends and, of course, his family.


Vicki Hatter

Grand Canon, Arizona

October 04, 2004
03:07 PM

my prayers are with the crew and family of the fallen fire fighter.


Malinee Crapsey

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

October 04, 2004
03:06 PM

The photograph of Dan speaks volumes of someone who loved his work and the places he did it. My thoughts are with you all. malinee


Mom & Dad Morgan

Pullman, Wa.

October 04, 2004
03:00 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time especially. You must honor Dan's memory by being strong and pulling together and seeing this through. You had him for almost a complete season. What great memories you must have. What a great crew Dan chose to be a member of. What a great crew member you have lost. God Bless and Take care - Hugs - Mom and Dad Morgan (Pat's parents)


Paul Gibbs

Tule River Hot Springs RD, Sequoia NF

October 04, 2004
02:49 PM

Sorry to hear about Daniel. I know that it is a tough time for everyone right now. We are praying for you and his family. Let me know if we can do something to help. You can reach me at (559) 539-2607 ext 220, Paul


Scott Burke

Westfield,Mass

October 04, 2004
02:47 PM

Being Danny's older cousin and "Brother" I just wanted to thank the Arrowhead crew for all you have done for Danny. Even though he was my younger bro he was truly a inspiration to me and my whole family. Thank you again and please be safe


Jennifer White

Pinehurst, California

October 04, 2004
02:43 PM

I am so sorry for your loss and the loss to the fire fighting community. My thoughts and prayers are with your crew and with Daniel's family during this time. Sincerely, Jennifer White Hume Lake Ranger District Sequoia National Forest


Mr.&Mrs.Jerry Gideon

Madelia, Minnesota

October 04, 2004
02:36 PM

To the family of Daniel Holmes: We can only imagine the pain of losing a child. We are thinking of you with heartfelt thoughts our deepest sympathy. To Nick: Our prayers are with you and the other grieving members of the Hotshot crew. I'm certain the loss of Daniel is devastating for all involved in this tragedy. Stay close and stay strong. Sincerely, Jerry and Viv Gideon


Jill

Salmon, Idaho

October 04, 2004
02:26 PM

The loss of a firefighter is felt deeply throughout the fire community and my heartfelt condolences go out to Dan's family, crew and friends. May God bring your hearts peace and comfort during this difficult time.


The Akerberg Family

Oregon

October 04, 2004
02:15 PM

We would like to offer our deepest sympathy, support, love, comfort and lots of hugs to Dans family and friends and all the arrowhead family. We never think it would happen to one of our own, it makes us all feel a little vulnerable. We want you to know are hearts go out to you, we are all grieving with you at the loss of one of our. Dont forget tears are healing. Love the Akerberg Family


Mary Pitman

Whiskeytown California

October 04, 2004
01:54 PM


David Simpson

Carmel Valley, CA.

October 04, 2004
01:53 PM

My Heart Felt Condolences to the Arrowhead Hotshot Crew and the Families of your Fallen Firefighter.


Tammy Jennings

Exeter CA

October 04, 2004
01:46 PM

As a member of the fire family at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for 14 years I would like to extend my deepest condolences for your loss of one of your own. If there is anything I can do let me know.


Paul Broyles

Boise, ID

October 04, 2004
01:41 PM

Arrowhead.... No words can express the loss you and so many more of us are feeling, so reckon I won't try. Just wanted you to know that ALL of you are important, to SEKI, the NPS, and to the wildland fire community at large. We'll try to help in all ways we can. Take care of each other! Our thoughts and prayers are with you......


Mike Golbek

Kingsburg, CA

October 04, 2004
01:38 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. From all the firefighters at the Kings River Vol. Fire Dept.


Samuel B. Craig

Vista, CA

October 04, 2004
01:21 PM

I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of your crew member Daniel Holmes. As I am sure you know the rest of the fire service in mourning with you.


Jeff Zimmerman

Paso Robles, CA 93446

October 04, 2004
01:14 PM

I am sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Firefighter Daniel Holmes. Please pass on my condolences to his family and to the rest of your Hotshot crew. I appreciate his service to our Country. If there is anything that I can do do help, please let me know. Respectfully, Jeff Zimmerman


Keith Hughes

Los Padres N.F. Arroyo Seco Station

October 04, 2004
01:13 PM

I am sorry to hear about this tragic accident. Dan will be in my thoughts and prayers. Everyone stay safe and take care.


Ed Boutte

Harpers Ferry WV

October 04, 2004
01:04 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your crew and Mr. Holmes' Family and friends. Thank you for all you do. Stay safe out there. Ed Boutte


PJ Saylor

McGaheysville, VA

October 04, 2004
12:55 PM

To Danny's parents - My son Tony called us on Saturday and told us about the tragedy. He was heartsick and totally shocked. He has worked this season at Sequoia/Kings Canyon and has told us how inspiring and amazing your son and his fellow crewmembers are. My heart breaks for you and your entire family. Please know that your son made a positive impact on our young son's life. Thank you for Danny.


Cori Conner

Ashford, WA

October 04, 2004
12:53 PM

"Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes They say Spain is pretty though I've never been Well Daniel says it's the best place that he's ever seen Oh and he should know, he's been there enough Lord I miss Daniel, oh I miss him so much Daniel my brother you are older than me Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won't heal Your eyes have died but you see more than I Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes Oh God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes" With love.


Lora Penney

Rochester New Hampshire

October 04, 2004
12:53 PM

Danny was a part of my family for 18 years now. He will be missed more then words can say. He was a man who gave and gave and expected nothing in return. I watched this young man grow into the fine man is now. Our family is going to miss him extremely. Danny was an uncle and held that position very highly. Danny was a friend and that too was high on his priority list. I cant say enough about this young man. We are all going to miss him terribly..


PJ Saylor

McGaheysville, VA

October 04, 2004
12:50 PM

To Danny's crewmembers: My family and I have been greatly saddened and deeply affected by your tragic loss. My son Tony has had the incredible experience of working on a fuels crew this year at Sequoia. He has shared with us his tremendous admiration and awe of the hotshots. I heard the pain and shock in Tony's voice when he called us on Saturday and my heart broke in a million pieces for you all. As Tony's mom, I wish I was close enough to hold and hug him tight, but will settle for sending you each a warm/sorrowful "MENTAL" hug. So sorry for your loss!


scott sticha

Rocky Mountain National Parl

October 04, 2004
12:39 PM

My thoughts and sympathies go out to the Arrowhead crew, Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP staff and Dans family on your tragic loss.


Toby Laughlin

Skillman, NJ

October 04, 2004
12:38 PM

I am so sorry to hear about losing one of your own. I wish there were words that could help relieve some of the sadness. Keep safe. Toby Laughlin, volunteer firefighter


ken and kathy brinkley

Burns oregon

October 04, 2004
12:38 PM

To the family of Dan and the Arrowhead shots, Ken and I would like to send our deepest sympathy. Our son was killed on Storm King. So, we grieve for all of you. There aren't any words to express the deep sorrow that is felt by so many. Hold each other close. With love and prayers. Ken and Kathy Brinkley


Erin R. Yeoman

Porter, IN

October 04, 2004
12:20 PM

So sorry to hear for the loss. The crew at INDU sends there deepest sympathies.


Betty Talon

Rochester, NH

October 04, 2004
12:20 PM

Daniel, you are in our hearts forever


Erin R. Yeoman

Porter, IN

October 04, 2004
12:20 PM

So sorry to hear for the loss. The crew at INDU sends there deepest sympathies.


Andy Sanville (cousin)

New Britain, CT

October 04, 2004
12:07 PM

I want to extend my sympathies to all of Dan's family and friends and crewmembers. I also want to thank the crew for all you've done for Dan, and for all you do in the face of peril on a daily basis. Dan loved doing what he did, and he enjoyed every day of life more than anyone I've ever known. Anyone who knew Dan will easily recall how infectious his smile and laugh and positive attitude were; I hope we can all remember and carry on these qualities, particularly in this difficult time. Best wishes to all.


Dan Shaeffer, District Chief

Alachua County, FL

October 04, 2004
12:07 PM

May I express on behalf of our department our deepest heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of Daniel Holmes. We know as you, he will be most dearly missed. May all the rest keep safe. Your brothers, Alachua County (FL) Fire Rescue


Matt (Newt) Duveneck

Amherst, Massachusetts

October 04, 2004
11:43 AM

Brit and crew, My thoughts are with you in this challenging and difficult time. Although I did not know Dan, I still feel a strong connection to the Arrowhead community. The Arrowhead Hotshots taught things that I will always keep close. Matt Duveneck '99 crewmember


Kate McGrath

Estes Park, CO

October 04, 2004
11:21 AM

With sympathy on your loss.


LACONIA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS UNION

LACONIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE

October 04, 2004
11:20 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out for all the family of our fallen brother, as well as all of you still out on the line. Keep your spirits up and stay safe, Godspeed. Local 1153 Laconia Professional Firefighters Laconia NH


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11:19 AM


Dicky Blair

Carver, MA

October 04, 2004
10:55 AM

Deepest condolences to all friends and family - We're praying for you!


Jim McMahill

Pine Springs, Texas

October 04, 2004
10:53 AM

Brit and Crew, On behalf of the Fire Management Staff at Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Dan's family during this difficult time. The loss of Dan is felt throughout the firefighting community and the park service.


Max Forgensi

Moab, Utah

October 04, 2004
10:44 AM

To Brit and the crew, My thoughts have been with you since I received word of the tragic event that occurred. I wish that I was emailing you under different circumstances...just letting you know that I am thinking of you in this unfortunate time. The bond that was created on Arrowhead will ever be cherised in my heart. Sincerely, Max Forgensi, Crewmember 2001


Max Forgensi

Moab, Utah

October 04, 2004
10:44 AM

To Brit and the crew, My thoughts have been with you since I received word of the tragic event that occurred. I wish that I was emailing you under different circumstances...just letting you know that I am thinking of you in this unfortunate time. The bond that was created on Arrowhead will ever be cherised in my heart. Sincerely, Max Crewmember 2001


Shanna Burke

Westfield, MA

October 04, 2004
10:13 AM

Dear Arrowhead crew: I am Danny's cousin and I just wanted to thank you all for what you did for him. I know he loved being a Hotshot and part of the crew, and I know that being in the forest was his favorite place in the world. I hope you guys all stay safe while working and I know Danny will be your guardian angel, looking out for you all. Thank you again.


David DiPetrillo

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

October 04, 2004
10:13 AM

I am sorry to read of your firefighter tradegy on the Firehouse LODD site. I am a Ft. Lauderdale Fire Rescue Firefighter who is traveling to KIngs Canyon and Sequoia Oct 15th. How can we/I honor your firefighter loss on my visit?


Christie Leff (Rob's Girlfriend)

Seattle, WA

October 04, 2004
09:58 AM

I am with you guys in Spirit and doing all I can to help at this end of things. Take care of each other. I'll be down there as soon as possible to lend what support I can, and I am talking with Jules as well.


Becky Keating

Sanbornville, NH

October 04, 2004
09:57 AM

Ranger Dan was a good friend of our family. He went to school with our boys and stayed in touch with all of us thru the years. Our world is a lot dimmer without Danny Boy in it. We give thanks for his presence in our lives, for the messages he left us with, and for the good work he did on this earth. His last email to me ended with, "Please vote for a new President in November!" For sure. To the rest of you Hotshots...be safe and thank you for caring for our good friend Dan.


Becky Keating

Sanbornville, NH

October 04, 2004
09:56 AM

Ranger Dan was a good friend of our family. He went to school with our boys and stayed in touch with all of us thru the years. Our world is a lot dimmer without Danny Boy in it. We give thanks for his presence in our lives, for the messages he left us with, and for the good work he did on this earth. His last email to me ended with, "Please vote for a new President in November!" For sure. To the rest of you Hotshots...be safe and thank you for caring for our good friend Dan.


SHANNON AXELSON

WINSLOW, ME

October 04, 2004
09:50 AM

DANNY WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF OURS. WE KNOW HE LOVED WHAT HE DID AND ALL THOSE HE WORKED WITH. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO EVERYDAY TO KEEP US SAFE. DANNY WAS SO POSITIVE AND HAD SUCH A GREAT OUTLOOK ON LIFE. WE WILL MISS HIM GREATLY. BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL AND STAY SAFE. SHANNON AND TIM AXELSON


Mike Brown

Three Rivers, CA

October 04, 2004
09:43 AM

I didn't know Dan but his hard work on Arrowhead and the fond memories I've heard from the people who knew him well, speak volumes about his character and great attitude. Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.


Ann Maurer

Houston, TX

October 04, 2004
09:24 AM

Arrowhead, I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. My thoughts and condolences go out to all of you, especially Daniel's family. You would never think something like this could happen to such an elite group of guys and girls. I am so very sorry. ex- Horseshoe H.S. Ann


Christopher Marks

Flagstaff, AZ

October 04, 2004
09:24 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these hard times. Sincerely Chris Marks


Chaplain Matt Fleming

Murphys, CA

October 04, 2004
09:22 AM

On behalf of the Cal-Fire Chaplains, please accept our deep sympathy and know that we are grieving with you all. God Bless you all.


Beverly Palmer

Santa Barbara

October 04, 2004
09:15 AM

For Dan's Family and his Hotshot Family, I wish I could say something to help ease your broken hearts, but know I can't. I pray God nurtures you through your tragic loss and pray you take good care of each other. With love, Beverly (Rob's Aunt)


Bonnie Schwartz

Old Faithful, Yellowstone, WY

October 04, 2004
09:11 AM

I am deeply sorry to hear about the accident & loss of Arrowhead Crew Member Dan Holmes... We (the NPS) have been losing too many young, dedicated, talented people to tragic accidents of late. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, the rest of the Arrowhead Crew, and the SEKI staff - of which I was one a few years back. Hang in there - you're not alone in your loss and sorrow. Bonnie Schwartz, Old Faithful SDR


Eric Kozloski, Firestorm WFS Inc

redding ca

October 04, 2004
09:07 AM

I would like to offer our condolences on behalf of everyone her at Firestorm. We are deeply saddened by the recent events and pray for everyone involved in this tragedy. God bless you all


DC Haas

Kalispell, Montana

October 04, 2004
09:07 AM

The loss of a firefighter is always hard. Take pride in the support that the firefighting community offers in the time of need. We are all sorry for the loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the coworkers and family. DC Haas Montana DNRC


Alexandra Picavet

Three Rivers, CA

October 04, 2004
08:58 AM

I am very sorry for your loss, and the loss to the NPS. This is a sad day for all of us in the National Park Service.


Douglas Elliott

Lakeside CA

October 04, 2004
08:55 AM

Thoughts and prayers to Dan's family, friends and the Arrowhead Crew. El Cajon Fire department


Sara Jones

Moscow, ID

October 04, 2004
08:53 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of an Arrowhead Hotshot. It really hits home to know someone in our family is gone. The bond we all share can never be broken, my heart is with everyone of you at this moment. I miss you all, and know that you are not greiving alone. All My Love, Sara Jones






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Meg Gideon

Mission Viejo, CA

October 04, 2004
08:40 AM

My heart goes out to Mr. Holmes' family, including the Arrowhead Hotshot team that works so closely during the fire months.


Lisa Burke

Hampton, NH

October 04, 2004
08:34 AM

I am another of Dan's Aunts. We loved hearing all of Dan's adventure stories. We will miss him dearly. Thank you for all that you did for Dan and all that you do everyday. Keep safe.


Laura Wagner

Massachusetts

October 04, 2004
08:30 AM

God Bless all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. We will all miss Danny. Thank you for being the special team that you are, and everything that you do. Be safe. Laura Wagner Dan's God-Mother West Springfield, MA


James S Williams

Yellowstone National Park, Wy

October 04, 2004
08:13 AM

Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with Arrowhead Hotshots while working for Ted Young as a fire monitor with Sequoia / Kings Canyon. I would like to express my sadness regarding the accident with Dan Holmes. My thoughts are with his family and the entire Arrowhead staff during this time of loss..... Jim Williams... Yellowstone National Park


Ryan Fox

Gillette, WY

October 04, 2004
07:23 AM

Former Logan IHC member. Great site, wish we had an updated one. Verry sorry to hear about the loss of your crewmate. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.


Fred H. Miller

Wheaton, IL

October 04, 2004
06:14 AM

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Crewmwmber Dan Holmes. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Fred H. Miller


Vince & Kathy Gerwe

Ventura, Ca

October 04, 2004
05:43 AM

Words cannot express the sadness we feel for the family and crew over the loss of Dan. As parents of an Arrowhead Hotshot, we have always been so proud of all of the crew and their commitment to each other as a family and in doing their job. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.


Nancy Cosgrove

Plainville, CT

October 04, 2004
05:03 AM

I am Dan's "Auntie". Dan loved being a hotshot and his whole family is so proud of him. thanks for taking care of him and helping him Please stay safe and take care of eadh other.


Dee Burke

Rochester NH

October 04, 2004
05:01 AM

I am Dan's mom...i want to thank you, Maura, for all the pictures you've posted this season especially the last one, it is beautiful and shows the true spirit of my son!! I also want to thank the crew for loving Dan and being with him please stay safe thanks to all who have written on this site, your care and concern help Dee


Russ

New England

October 04, 2004
04:46 AM

The thoughts and prayers of the New England FOOLS are with you in this time of need. We wish to express our deepest sympathies to you for your loss. Russ www.NEFOOLS.org


Bill Edwards

Waretown, NJ

October 04, 2004
04:03 AM

I'm saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you folks. Bill Edwards, NJ Forest Fire Service


Jeff Millar

Angels Camp, CA

October 03, 2004
09:11 PM

On behalf of the CDF's Toulumne/Calaveras Unit, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Dan's family and his crew. Having just lost one of our own firefighters three short weeks ago, we know the pain you are experiencing. Please know that our thoughts are with you and we hope that provides you some comfort during this difficult time.


Larry Karp

Hardwick

October 03, 2004
08:25 PM

As a father of an Arrowhead Hotshot I am profoundly touched by the loss of Dan. Ray, I just want you to know that my thoughts and feelings of grief are with you and your family at the loss of your son. These guys put their lives on the line every time they go out. But, we don't realize just how much is at stake until a tragedy like this occurs. May your grief be tempered some by the pride of knowing the courage and commitment Dan must have brought to his job; and that he was doing something he believed in. My heart aches with you. Larry Karp


Dean Dysart

Kanab, UT

October 03, 2004
08:00 PM

My heartfelt condolences to all you on the Arrowhead Hotshots in this time of your loss of crewman Daniel Holmes. May he rest in peace and the good things he has done for the citizens of this country never be forgotten. I am thankful for all of you. Dean J. Dysart


Tony & Kim

California City, CA

October 03, 2004
07:56 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Dan's family & friends and to the men and women of the Arrowhead Hotshots. May you find courage & strength in each other. You all are in our thoughts & prayers.


Apple Valley Fire Center, BLM, California

Apple Valley, CA

October 03, 2004
07:41 PM

The firefighters of Apple Valley Fire Center, Bureau of Land Mgt., CA send their condolences to Arrowhead IHC and Daniel's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.


Tim Mullen

coulterville

October 03, 2004
05:35 PM

The crew of PT-3148 wishes to extend our condolences to the crew. We all feel the loss of every firefighter. Continue to find strength in one another.


Tom Plymale, Arroyo Grande Flight Crew

Arroyo Grande, CA

October 03, 2004
05:25 PM

Brit and Crew, On behalf of the Arroyo Grande crew, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. The loss of Daniel is felt throughout the firefighting community, we stand with you.


Matthew Carson

Grand Junction Colorado

October 03, 2004
04:49 PM

Local 2808, Grand Junction Professional Firefighters, our thoughts are with you.


Matthew Carson

Grand Junction Colorado

October 03, 2004
04:49 PM


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Don and Holly Shannon

Pioneer, CA

October 03, 2004
11:54 AM

We extend our deepest sympathy to Dan's parents and family. At this sad time, may it help to know how many hearts are touched by your loss, how many thoughts are with you and your family. It takes a very unique and dedicated individual to be an Arrowhead Hotshot, they are the "Best" of the best. We are parents of an Arrowhead Hotshot and grieve with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.


Katie Morgan

Fresno, CA

October 03, 2004
10:43 AM

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Dan's parents, girlfriend, family and friends. As the wife of an Arrowhead Hotshot I know how proud they all must have been of the work Dan did and his commitment to firefighting. I also know how difficult it is to see the one you love put themselves in harms way. Please know that Dan's extended Arrowhead family grieves with you today. My husband and I and our families will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.


Ray Holmes

Westfield,MA

October 03, 2004
06:20 AM

I'm Dans' Dad...Thank You all for doing what you could for him...All of you stay safe...God Bless You...