Federal Investigators' Courageous Efforts Yield Arson Arrest

I applaud the courageous men and women from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms and other local agencies; whose talents and relentlessly thorough investigation quickly revealed the cause of the wildfire and led to the eventual arrest of Mr. Oyler.

It is a tragedy that the senseless and horrendous murder of five brave US Forest Service employees was the result of a suspected arsonist. If Raymond Lee Oyler is guilty of this offense, there can be nothing less than a sentence that imposes the maximum penalty under law.

I ask our community to pray for swift justice; and to never forget those victims of the Esperanza Fire: our brave first responders who lost their lives, the families who have lost their loved ones, and our neighbors and friends who lost their homes, property and personal possessions.

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