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RIP: Red Adair  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Paul "Red" Adiar has died of natural causes at 89

In 1959 he founded the Red Adair company in 1959, which specialized in fighting oil well fires. During his career which lasted until 1994 it is estimated that he fought over 2000 buring oil wells. At 76 he was in Kuwait capping wells that the Iraqi's had lit off after their embarrassing rout in the first gulf war.

In 1968 he was loosly portrayed by John Wayne in the movie, "Hellfighters" a nickname he had earned fighting oil well fighters.


[Edited 2004-08-08 12:47:00]

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User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

Red Adair is, hands down, the best firefighter ever. And he epitomized the definition of an "ornery old coot".

He'll most definitely be missed.

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

If I remember, he capped a majority of the fires Saddam's forces set in Kuwait as they scorched the earth at the end of the Gulf War.

A good man, no doubt. RIP.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1321 times:

Amazing career and person, may you rest in peace...

User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

I can only assume things will be much cooler where he's going.

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