H.Con.Res. 457 (107th): Honoring Rick Lee Schwartz and Milt Stollak, who died in a plane crash on July 18, 2002, ...

...while fighting the Big Elk fires near Estes Park, Colorado.

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Jul 26, 2002 (Introduced).

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HCON 457 IH

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 457

Honoring Rick Lee Schwartz and Milt Stollak, who died in a plane crash on July 18, 2002, while fighting the Big Elk fires near Estes Park, Colorado.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JULY 26, 2002

Mr. SCHAFFER submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Honoring Rick Lee Schwartz and Milt Stollak, who died in a plane crash on July 18, 2002, while fighting the Big Elk fires near Estes Park, Colorado.

Whereas Rick Lee Schwartz was born in Choteau, Montana, was raised in Cascade, Conrad, and Fairfield, Montana, and attended the Emery School of Aviation in Greeley, Colorado;

Whereas Mr. Schwartz was the loving father of two stepchildren with his former wife, Brenda Cook, and the newlywed husband of Liz Schwartz, who is expecting their child in November of this year;

Whereas Mr. Schwartz was a life member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star in Lewistown, Montana, and was working as a pilot for Hawkins and Powers Aviation, Inc. at the time of his death;

Whereas Mr. Schwartz was tragically killed in a plane crash on July 18, 2002, while fighting the Big Elk fires near Estes Park, Colorado;

Whereas Mr. Schwartz is survived, among others, by his wife, Liz Schwartz; his father and stepmother, Stew and Delores Schwartz; his mother, Shirley Cheek; his two brothers, Jim and Scott Schwartz; and a baby due in November;

Whereas Milt Stollak was born in Los Angeles, California;

Whereas Mr. Stollak also died in the aforementioned plane crash, and was, at the time, still working with Hawkins and Powers Aviation, Inc., even though his contract with them had already expired, due to the desperate need for pilots able to perform firefighting duties;

Whereas Mr. Stollak is survived by his wife, Shannon Brumley; his daughter, Brandi Stollak; and his sister, Tina Craddock;

Whereas Clear Channel of Northern Colorado is gathering funds to erect a memorial to the sacrifices of Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Stollak, pilots of the Air Tanker 123 who gave their lives to protect others and America’s forests;

Whereas firefighters across the Nation risk their lives and put themselves in harm’s way everyday in order to protect life and property;

Whereas, in this year alone, 11 firefighters have died while fighting forest fires; and

Whereas the American public owes this Nation’s firefighters a tremendous debt of gratitude: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That--

      (1) the Congress honors the late Rick Lee Schwartz and Milt Stollak, recognizing that they were truly remarkable Americans who exemplified the gallantry, honor, duty, virtue, and determination held in such high esteem by the people of this Nation; and

      (2) it is the sense of the Congress that--

        (A) the people of this Nation should honor, celebrate, and remember Rick Lee Schwartz’s and Milt Stollak’s extraordinary bravery and service;

        (B) the President should take appropriate measures to encourage efforts to honor, celebrate, and remember Rick Lee Schwartz’s and Milt Stollak’s extraordinary service to the United States, and to commemorate the contributions and service of all firefighters to the people of this Nation; and

        (C) individuals are encouraged to contribute to the Air Tanker 123 Memorial Fund honoring Rick Lee Schwartz and Milt Stollak.