Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Hal Bruno

For Immediate Release:

November 9, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of Hal Bruno:

“Hal made a real difference in people’s lives, both by keeping them informed about their world and by standing up for our first responders and their families. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing.

“As a journalist, Hal distinguished himself as a voice for the truth even when it was a hard one. In his role as ABC News Political Director and as a debate moderator, he earned great respect from leaders on both sides of the aisle. As an advocate for firefighters and their families, Hal fought for legislation to provide resources for the survivors of those who died in service to their communities. Hal was a volunteer firefighter himself for decades, and he drew on that experience when he served as Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at the time when we lost so many brave firefighters in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

“Hal will surely be remembered fondly by the many families of fallen heroes on whose behalf he worked tirelessly. I join in celebrating his life and offering my condolences to Meg, his children, and his grandchildren.”

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