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  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015—Motion to Proceed

    by Senator Mike Rounds

    Posted on 2015-08-05

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    ROUNDS. Mr. President, I rise to honor a fallen hero, David or ``Dave'' Ruhl of Rapid City, SD. Dave was an engine captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest near Rapid City. Since June 14, Dave had been serving our country on a temporary assignment as the assistant fire management officer on the Big Valley Ranger District on the Modoc National Forest near Adin, CA.

    Dave had been bravely and selflessly fighting the Frog Fire near Alturas, CA, along with many other firefighters who were risking their lives to protect the people and communities near that fire incident. Friends say he took this voluntary assignment to learn more about firefighting and improve his skills because he was so passionate about his profession.

    Tragically, the team lost contact with Dave on Thursday evening, July 30. Search and rescue teams worked diligently to locate Dave with the hope that he would be found safe. Sadly, Dave did not survive.

    An investigation will reveal details about this very unfortunate and tragic loss of life, and there will be a learning which comes from this. His death is a great loss to the State of South Dakota, and his legacy and heroism will not be forgotten. Dave will be memorialized forever on the South Dakota Firefighter Memorial in Pierre, his name etched in history for all to honor.

    Professionally, Dave will be remembered as a passionate, knowledgeable, and well-trained firefighter. That is according to his colleagues who admired him and respected him. His commitment to helping others was evident throughout his life. Dave began his Forest Service career in 2001 as a seasonal forestry technician. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and as a correctional officer with the State of South Dakota.

    Dave will also be remembered personally as a dad, a husband, and a selfless public servant who longed to help others. Dave leaves behind his wife Erin and their two children Tyler and Ava of Rapid City. To them, I offer my deepest sympathy.

    While we cannot take away the hurt, please know we will never forget the sacrifice Dave made, and we will not forget the sacrifice that you as his family have made. Not everyone is willing to put their life on the line to protect us, but Dave did just exactly that. He put others before himself. Dave is a true hero.

    We ask the Good Lord to bless the Ruhl family and their friends during this difficult time and we ask all Americans to keep the Ruhl family in their thoughts and in their prayers.

    I yield the floor.

    I suggest the absence of a quorum.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will call the roll.

    The senior assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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