BRADEN VARNEY

BRADEN VARNEY




CAL FIRE Heavy Fire Equipment Operator, Braden Varney, 36, was killed on July 14th while battling the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. Varney died while cutting a “fire break” with his bulldozer along the sloping terrain, to prevent the blaze from spreading, when the dozer rolled down the steep hill.

His body remained in the gully for two days, while the fire moved past, until crews could safely extricate him from the wreckage of metal.

Varney was from the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. He was a second generation CAL FIRE employee and 10-year veteran of CAL FIRE.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica, five-year-old daughter, Malhea and three-year-old son, Nolan.