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Firefighters honored at Dodgers Stadium

September 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vice President Joe Biden both spoke at an emotional memorial service for two firefighters who were killed while battling the massive Station Fire.L.A. County Fire Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall and L.A. County Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones lost their lives Aug. 30 when they were overrun by a fast moving-fire which approached Fire Camp 16 during the fire.

Hundreds of firefighters from California and across the country gather with family and friends to remember the fallen firefighters.

Vice President Biden said the men were part of a special breed of hero unafraid to risk their lives to save others.

"There's a saying that all men are created equal but then a few become firefighters," Biden said.

"Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones, you are giants in my eyes and in the eyes of all Californians," Gov. Schwarzenegger said.

The massive Station Fire has charred more than 160,300 acres, destroyed more than 80 homes and is still burning in the Angeles National Forest. The fire was 80 percent contained Saturday.

Arson investigators believe the fire was intentionally set in an area near the Angeles Crest Highway. A $100,000 reward from the state and $50,000 from the county have been offered to find whoever started the fire.

The arsonist could face murder charges for the deaths of Hall and Quinones.

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