LOS ANGELES - Vice President Joe Biden hailed the two firefighters who died battling the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history as part of a special breed of hero unafraid to risk their lives to save others.
At a sometimes emotional memorial service attended by thousands Saturday at Dodger Stadium, Biden called on mourners to never forget Capt. Tedmund "Ted" Hall and firefighter specialist Arnald "Arnie" Quinones.
As Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had earlier, Biden also reminded mourners that some 3,000 firefighters were still in the mountains north of Los Angeles, fighting the fire that killed Hall and Quinones.
The two died Aug. 30 when their truck plunged off a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest as they searched for an escape route for a group of inmate-firefighters who had become trapped by a wall of flames.
The blaze, which destroyed more than 80 homes, continues to burn but is now more than 80 percent contained.