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Six-Year Anniversary of Washington's Thirtymile Fire: Teen Firefighter Honored in 'Angel Promises: Remembering Karen Lee'

Contact: Abigail Davidson, Publicist, WinePress Publishing Group, 360-802-9758, abigail@winepressgroup.com

ENUMCLAW, Wash., Aug. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- "When you see your kids tonight, give them a hug, and tell them that you love them. Treasure each day you have with them."

Those words echoed across TV stations worldwide July 11, 2001, in the aftermath of Washington State's Thirtymile Fire, which claimed the lives of four young firefighters. Katherin B. "Kathie" FitzPatrick's 18-year-old daughter, Karen Lee, was the youngest firefighter to perish in the blaze, which consumed over 9,300 acres of wilderness.

In her new book, "Angel Promises: Remembering Karen Lee," FitzPatrick creates a living hologram of her daughter's heart and life.

"Everyone who knew Karen sensed her 'God connection,' her uncanny ability to be a bold ambassador for the Lord...any time...any place," says FitzPatrick.

Karen herself had an unusual premonition that she would not live beyond her teen years. A "born athlete," Karen's childhood coaches believed she could have trained for the Olympics, but Karen opted to use her strength and speed to help people. During her senior year of high school, she announced, "I want to be a firefighter."

Immediately upon high school graduation, Karen trained for U.S. Forest Service work and joined the fire agency. The Thirtymile Fire in the Chewuch River Canyon was the third fire she fought. During the firestorm, several members of the 21-person fire crew escaped, but Karen, along with Jessica Johnson, Devin Weaver, and Tom Craven, were forced to deploy their protective aluminum fire shelters on a rock scree. Unable to get a good seal on the rugged rocks, Karen and her companions huddled in their shelters while Karen prayed loudly for her comrades as they prepared to enter eternity.

"Angel Promises" shares Karen's timeless thoughts, poems, essays. The book includes photos of the Thirtymile Fire in progress and some of the journal notes that were removed from Karen's fire pack after her death.

"Angel Promises" shines a bright light into the life of an exemplary teenager who lived for God. Her story inspires and encourages readers be drawn toward God and to seek a deeper walk with God, as described in the Bible, the Song of Solomon: "Come away, my beloved." For more information about FitzPatrick visit www.karenleefitzpatrick.com.

For a review copy or to schedule an interview please contact Abigail Davidson by phone at 360-802-9758, by email at Abigail@winepressgroup.com, or by fax at 360-802-5748.