Procession Honors Firefighter Killed in California Fire

Michael Hallenbeck
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service and several fire agencies are honoring a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed by a tree while battling a California blaze.

The firefighters on Thursday escorted the body of 21-year-old Michael Hallenbeck from South Lake Tahoe to his final resting place in Placerville, California.

The Shingle Springs, California, man was hit by a tree Saturday during the initial attack on a fire that broke out south of the Echo Summit mountain pass.

The Forest Service says the procession started in South Lake Tahoe. It followed Highway 50 up Echo Summit through Sierra at Tahoe Resort and ended in Placerville.

The route passed under American flags suspended from two ladder trucks. Fire equipment was stationed along Highway 50 overpasses in Placerville.