Fort Mac Wildfire Takes Two Lives: Emily Ryan & Aaron Hodgson

REST IN PEACE EMILY RYAN & AARON HODGSON

In the midst of the brutal events that have been unfolding in the Fort McMurray area for what is now the 9th consecutive day, let us not forget that tragedy occurred on Highway 881 near RR 91 when an SUV carrying 15 year old Emily Ryan and 19 year old Aaron Hodgson struck an oncoming logging truck near Lac La Biche, Alberta on May 4th at around 2:00 PM as they were fleeing their home city up in flames.

The tragic accident occurred while Emily’s father, 46 year old Fire Chief Cranley Ryan, was fighting a fire near his own home near Fort McMurray. Although at first he wasn’t sure if he should continue fighting the blaze or leave to see his daughter, he was eventually relieved of his duty shortly after being notified of the accident, and rushed to the scene of the accident.

“She was the loveable, ‘give me a hug’ kind of person,” Melonie says (talking about Emily Ryan).Maclean’s

The lives of two angels, taken far too soon.

“He was just a sweet, kind boy who gave—to his friends, to his family,” Dwila says (talking about Aaron Hodgson). “The world needs more people like him. It’s just a travesty that he’s gone.”Maclean’s

Emily and Aaron from the Fort McMurray wildfire highway accident (via Macleans)

Although not directly-related to the Fort McMurray wildfires, the two were fleeing the horrifying scenes of their home city on fire, therefore connected to the fires.

Here is a short message of grief from Fire Chief Darby Allen:
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MY CONDOLENCES TO EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THESE LIVES TAKEN TOO SOON


As of May 9, 2016, 12:50 AM, the latest on the Fort McMurray forest fires is as follows.
  • Fort McMurray had received a bit of rain yesterday (May 8) for several minutes of hope. Unfortunately, it was not remotely enough to extinguish a forest fire of this magnitude, but I’m sure it did help in settling the flames in some areas.
  • To those of you looking for information in regards to your homes in Fort McMurray, this information will be given to you as soon as possible. It is a long process, and it will take days for the assessments to be completed and sent your way.
  • Those of you with pets that have been left behind, it is being said that many of them are being cared for and you will be reunited with them in due time.
  • Those of you wanting to enter Fort McMurray to grab a few things, or otherwise, please know that the city is still under a mandatory evacuation, and you are not to enter the city by any means.
  • It is being said that the forest fire may now be affecting an area of over 161,000 hectares. This is a spread of much less than what was estimated to be over 200,000 hectares, so there is a bit of relief there.
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If every Canadian donated just $5, that would be $182 million to our Fort McMurray evacuees; which then would be doubled by the Alberta Government & the Federal Government to over half a billion dollars. The fire is estimated to have caused over $9 billion in damages. So for those of you that have not yet donated to the Red Cross, please do so by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 30333.


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  • May 9, 2016 at 12:55 AM
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    So very heartbreaking 🙁 R.I.P , thoughts and prayers for strength and courage going forward are with your families and loved ones. <3 <3

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  • May 9, 2016 at 1:03 AM
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    I can’t even begin to imagine. 🙁

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  • May 9, 2016 at 1:04 AM
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    My heart goes out to their families.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 1:36 AM
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    My thoughts and prayers are with the families ❤

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  • May 9, 2016 at 3:27 AM
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    Very sad and heartbreaking. .pray for your family and friends. Be safe

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  • May 9, 2016 at 8:41 AM
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    Our hearts go out to these families.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 8:54 AM
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    My condolences to family and friends. You are in my prayers

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  • May 9, 2016 at 11:22 AM
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    May their souls be blessed with the most utmost heavenly power there is my heart goes out to all loved ones

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  • May 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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    My thought and prayer our with ur family’s at this time

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  • May 9, 2016 at 12:55 PM
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    Horrific – escaping a fire only to demise in a fire. Condolences to the families and community

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  • May 9, 2016 at 2:38 PM
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    My deepest condolences.

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  • May 9, 2016 at 2:43 PM
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    R.I.P. May you soar on eagles wings. Xo

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  • May 9, 2016 at 8:21 PM
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    My deepest condolences to family and friends..prayers

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  • May 11, 2016 at 7:12 AM
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    The loss of Emily and Aaron is nothing short of tragic. They both had bright futures ahead of them. That said, Aaron is looking down from heaven, mortified that he is described as an “angle”. Spelling was super important to him, so to see an error like this in an article about his death is ironic.

    (And before people start hating on me for being so uptight about spelling, you should know that it it is a trait that runs in our family.)

    RIP angels.

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    • May 12, 2016 at 2:47 AM
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      Oh no, I am so sorry to have made that spelling mistake. Thanks for mentioning it. The article has since been updated.

      <3

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      • May 12, 2016 at 5:31 PM
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        Thanks. 🙂

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  • May 12, 2016 at 2:44 PM
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    They were not trapped in the car with no way to escape the fire, they died instantly in the head on collision. It’s still tragic, it still matters, but it’s a little misleading.

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