Brian Hughes deserves your respect

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Because we’re so busy talking about orange presidents and angry first ladies and congressional races and Vince Carter’s survival and Eli Manning’ decline and the 15th anniversary of Jay-Z’s “The Black Album,” we tend to overlook things.

Like the death of Brian Hughes.

I wouldn’t have known of this had it not crossed my Twitter feed two minutes ago.

Hughes, 33, died earlier this year fighting the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite. He was struck by a tree and killed on impact. The captain of an elite team of experienced firefighters called the Arrowhead Hotshots (those are the men and women who head straight into the heart of the blaze), Hughes left behind a three-month pregnant wife who should be delivering in the coming weeks.

There’s a GoFundMe Page.

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