Veterans never stop giving to their country, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice long after their separation from service. Ray Vivier, 61, was one such veteran. A Vietnam Marine Corps veteran, he died in a Nov. 7th blaze in Cleveland that took the lives of 4 people. Vivier was able to evacuate 5 persons from the house before succumbing to the smoke. He was pulled from the building by fire crews arriving on scene, but later died at the hospital from burns and smoke inhalation. Investigators have deemed the case an arson, and have suspects in custody.
Vivier had struggled with alcoholism and homelessness, but had finally turned his life around, friends and family recalled. He had secured a job, was battling his addiction, and had a place to stay in the boarding house that tragically caught fire.
Vivier was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary January 24th, 2010, with full military honors.