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Idaho memorial service honors firefighting pilots

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BOISE, Idaho — Family and friends in Idaho are honoring two firefighting pilots who died in a crash.

A memorial service was held in Boise Thursday for 48-year-old Todd Tompkins and 40-year-old Ron Chambless. They died fighting a wildfire June 3 near the Utah-Nevada line when their air tanker hit a mountain just inside Utah.

Tompkins' 10-year-old daughter Paige says she remembers her dad for many things, but also as a great skier. Many from Chambless' family traveled from Texas to be at the service.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/KZPGnl ) a standing-room crowd of more than 300 packed a Boise building for the service, which was preceded by a procession of fire-fighting vehicles.

U.S. Forest Service and BLM officials expressed regret and presented families with letters of condolence from President Barack Obama.