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'A Sad Society': What It's Like For Families Of Fallen Firefighters

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Rob Palmer, whose brother was killed in a wildfire, says the Wildland Firefighter Foundation provides support to families of the fallen.

Marcie Sillman speaks with former wildland firefighter Rob Palmer about his brother Andy Palmer. Andy Palmer died while fighting fires in California in 2008, in what became known as the Dutch Creek Incident.

The circumstances around Andy Palmer's death prompted a rethinking of safety procedures in wildland firefighting.