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Mourners pack memorial service for fallen Red Bluff soldier Nicholas Burley

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Aug 13 2013 01:02:41 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2013 01:04:33 PM CDT
Burley memorial photo
NEVADA CITY, Calif. -

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.