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    My sincere condolences go to the family and friends....also the FF's, struggling to deal with this terrible loss.

    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - City firefighters struggled Thursday
    to accept the death of 18-year veteran Ronald Holmes in a traffic
    "We had a lot of tears last night," Assistant Fire Chief Chip
    Volcek said.
    Holmes, 43, was driving a patient from Great Plains Medical
    Center to a Lincoln hospital Wednesday when a semitrailer hit the
    ambulance from behind, slamming it into the back of a beer truck on
    Interstate 80.
    The ambulance and beer truck had either slowed or stopped for
    construction, but the semi was not able to stop in time to avoid
    the crash, Seward County Deputy Sheriff Randy Brown said.
    Holmes died at the scene. Fire Lt. Patrick Richards, 47, was
    riding with Holmes and was in critical condition Thursday at
    BryanLGH Hospital in Lincoln.
    The truck driver, a 48-year-old Vinton, Iowa, man was arrested
    for misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide.
    It may be the department's only death in the line of duty,
    certainly the first death in recent memory, said Volcek, who has
    been with the department for 17 years.
    "I have never heard of anyone else," Volcek said.
    Holmes was married and had a high school-age daughter, Volcek
    He was a popular man and will be missed, Volcek said.
    "I think of Ron as just a small-town type of individual,"
    Volcek said. "He just would help you, give the shirt off his
    Crisis counselors were available for the department's 42 sworn
    officers and 36 volunteers, Volcek said.
    More than 30 firefighters took advantage of the counseling
    Wednesday night, he said.

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    Brother Ronald Holmes

    On behalf of the fire-rescue personnel (career and volunteer) of Arcola-Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department in Loudoun County, VA, please accept our deepest sympathies at the loss of our brother, FF/EMT Ronald Holmes.

    We are all deeply saddened by his loss in the line of duty. His wife Patty and daughter Chelsea should be proud of Ron's service to his community and his country and know that the entire brotherhood of fire-rescue personnel from across this great nation share in their pain today. Your loss is our loss and we bear this sorrow with you, even from far away.


    FF Butch Kinerney
    Vice President
    Arcola-Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department
    Loudoun County, VA, Station 9


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