2014-10-02 / Front Page

Town turns out to salute pilot

Members of the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Fire ROP class saluted a black SUV containing the remains of the pilot who died on Tuesday. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Members of the Mariposa County High School Grizzly Fire ROP class saluted a black SUV containing the remains of the pilot who died on Tuesday. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 - 2:30 p.m. - Several hundred people today turned out to honor Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, the aviator who perished while attacking the Dog Fire in Yosemite on Tuesday afternoon.

As the procession passed through town, members of the Mariposa County High School firefighting class saluted the pilot.

"Look at all these people who came out today," instructor Al Brondolo told the students. "They didn't know this man. All they know is that he died fighting a fire yesterday. That's the kind of respect you find for firefighters."

Hunt, 62, was a San Jose resident who flew for CAL FIRE as an employee of aviation contractor DynCorp International. He had been flying with the firm for 13 years, a CAL FIRE statement released today said.



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