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Mourners pack memorial service for fallen Red Bluff soldier Nicholas Burley

Published On: Aug 13 2013 01:02:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 13 2013 01:04:33 PM CDT
Burley memorial photo

Family and friends gathered Tuesday morning to remember fallen North State soldier Nicholas Burley.  The body of the Red Bluff native was returned home to California Monday morning.  A plane landed in Lincoln where a military, fire and police escort was waiting.
Burley was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan on July 30.  His family said his tour of duty was up in three months.

A memorial service was held Tuesday morning in Nevada City, followed by a celebration of his life at the American Legion Post 587 in Foresthill.  

At the morning memorial it was a full house as many people turned out to remember Burley at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

Burley's mother Tammy Olmstead said her son always wanted to be a firefighter.

"It's so hard on the economy now," said Olmstead.  "They say if you join the military you have a better chance so he goes 'I'm gonna join the military mom, I'll save money and I'll become a firefighter."

His brother is a firefighter.   In a symbolic gesture, the men carrying Burley's casket from the plane Monday were  from the Roseville Fire Department Honor Guard, where his brother works.

KRCR News Channel 7 reporter Evan Schreiber is at Burley's memorial service.  He'll have a full report starting on KRCR News Channel 7 starting at 5.