Friends, brothers in arms remember fallen Marine at public ceremony in Ferndale
FERNDALE - Ten years ago Capt. Daniel Benjamin Bartle graduated from Ferndale High School: He was the class valedictorian, described as a bright but humble young man who would go on to see the world from a helicopter cockpit.
Mourners packed the high school's auditorium to capacity Sunday, Jan. 29, in a public ceremony honoring the fallen Marine, who was killed with five fellow servicemen when his helicopter crashed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
At Sunday's ceremony, a crowd of hundreds listened to family, teachers, classmates and brothers in arms speak about a man described again and again as strong, brave and, above all, selfless.