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W.Va. Division Of Forestry Worker Killed Fighting Brush Fire

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A worker with the West Virginia Division of Forestry was killed Thursday while fighting a forest fire in Fayette County.

The forestry worker, 28-year-old Cody J. Mullens of Mt. Hope in Fayette County, died after a tree fell on him while fighting a fire near Montgomery.

Mullens was part of a response unit called to fight a brush fire along Route 61 in Armstrong Creek.

In a statement, Gov. Jim Justice called Mullen’s death a tragedy.

“Cathy and I are heartbroken by the tragic news of losing one of our own,” Justice said. “Our state foresters are some of the most dedicated workers in our state, putting their lives on the line to protect our communities from wildfires, and we owe them all, especially Cody, an enormous debt of gratitude.”