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Dad Sorry For Setting Self On Fire After Son Dies In Iraq
channel3000.com ^ | 2004 | The Associated Press.

Posted on 12/20/2004 7:52:58 AM PST by iwannaknow07

HIALEAH, Fla. -- A Florida man has apologized for setting fire to the van driven by a team of Marines who had come to tell him his son was dead. Carlos Arredondo had a private meeting with the Marines Saturday at a base in suburban Miami. When it was over, Arredondo saluted and embraced the Marines.

Arredondo was celebrating his 44th birthday at his home in Hollywood on Aug. 25 when the Marine van pulled up. Arredondo had been expecting a call from his son. Instead, he was told Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo had been killed in combat in Najaf.

The father said he "got very upset." He grabbed a propane torch and a gasoline can from his garage, smashed a window of the Marines' van, poured in gasoline and climbed inside.

He was burned over a quarter of his body when he turned on the torch. He saud it was accidental. The Marines put out the flames on his body.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apology; fallen; iraq; marines; militaryfamilies

1 posted on 12/20/2004 7:52:59 AM PST by iwannaknow07
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To: iwannaknow07

Was heavy drinking involved?


2 posted on 12/20/2004 7:54:19 AM PST by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: iwannaknow07

This will always be a cloud over his feelings about his son. I am hoping he can have some peace eventually.


3 posted on 12/20/2004 7:55:45 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: iwannaknow07
Well and honorable of him to apologize. Not that it was needed -- grief is crazy thing. But the apology is welcome nonetheless.

We all grieve for the loss of his son, and hope the best for the father and the family.

4 posted on 12/20/2004 7:58:21 AM PST by bvw
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To: iwannaknow07

"I guess I've always been kind of a hothead."


5 posted on 12/20/2004 8:05:52 AM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.")
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel
"I did not mean to get so fired up. Now that I have had time to cool off I apologize."
6 posted on 12/20/2004 8:09:00 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: iwannaknow07
"He grabbed a propane torch and a gasoline can from his garage, smashed a window of the Marines' van, poured in gasoline and climbed inside.

He was burned over a quarter of his body when he turned on the torch. He (said) it was accidental."

He said it was accidental. That is a rather long, elaborate and involved accident.

7 posted on 12/20/2004 8:24:12 AM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: 2banana

Not funny. I vote you for the most insensitive remark of the day.


8 posted on 12/20/2004 8:25:34 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel

A man loses his son ON HIS BIRTHDAY, and all you can do is make stupid jokes. I am ashamed of you. If you have any honor, you would FReepmail the moderator and ask him to pull your comments.


9 posted on 12/20/2004 8:27:39 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

We should not add fuel to the fire (no pun intended), however, the guy went overboard. Imagine if everyone acted that way upon hearing bad news.


10 posted on 12/20/2004 8:31:51 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: iwannaknow07

Another screaming class Alpha fire....


11 posted on 12/20/2004 8:45:55 AM PST by Bean Counter
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To: stainlessbanner

I imagine that he regrets his actions but probably wasn't in his right mind at the moment.


12 posted on 12/20/2004 8:59:50 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
If you have any honor, you would FReepmail the moderator and ask him to pull your comments.

I agree...ignorant and insensitive!

13 posted on 12/20/2004 9:01:34 AM PST by reagankid
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To: Blood of Tyrants

If you had any sense of what a man is, you would know that the "man" who lost his son is no part of a man. You are clearly unable to see that, and I pity you. This person's actions endangered others, brought shame on himself and his family, and dishonored the memory of his son. He deserves much worse than the ridicule of strangers, but that's all I can offer him.


14 posted on 12/20/2004 9:03:03 AM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.")
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To: stainlessbanner

Bad news is a flat tire or losing your job. Losing a child is catastrophic. He was overcome by grief, and may have wanted (in that instant) to end his own life to stop the pain of the loss. It is just a tragedy all the way around.


15 posted on 12/20/2004 9:06:54 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (FreeMartha)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Some threads seem to bring out the Bill Maher's of Free Republic...tasteless and dark.


16 posted on 12/20/2004 9:08:19 AM PST by reagankid
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To: reagankid

What always surpises me is the level of anger, on a personal level, that people can summon for any thread...at any time.


17 posted on 12/20/2004 9:11:25 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (FreeMartha)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
I feel sorry for these fringed few...posting their ignorance for G_d and all to see.
18 posted on 12/20/2004 9:27:12 AM PST by reagankid
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Agreed - tragedy all around. Let's not put other folks in danger though - that's my only point.

Prayers for this family.

19 posted on 12/20/2004 9:31:52 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel

If the Marines that you contend that he endangered (they apparently did not feel endangered) can forgive him and YOU cannot, it is you I pity.

When you are rude, insenitive, and wrong and apologize, you have honor.

When you are rude, insenitive, and wrong and try to place the blame on others, you are a cad and a lout.

I see you are new here. If this format does not suit you, you are free to leave and not come back.


20 posted on 12/20/2004 11:30:57 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"If the Marines that you contend that he endangered (they apparently did not feel endangered) can forgive him and YOU cannot, it is you I pity."

Who said anything about forgiveness? The "man" didn't do anything to me. Consequently, I do not have the power to forgive him. If you have no understanding of forgiveness, it is yet another reason to pity you.

"When you are rude, insenitive [sic], and wrong and apologize, you have honor.

When you are rude, insenitive [sic], and wrong and try to place the blame on others, you are a cad and a lout."

So, setting a vehicle on fire (a vehicle you do not own), setting yourself on fire, endangering the owners of the vehicle, bystanders, and rescue personnel, is merely "rude and insensitive"? That's a bit of an understatement.

"I see you are new here. If this format does not suit you, you are free to leave and not come back."

"This format" does not require me to agree with your point of view, mollycoddle your ignorant "sensitivities", or celebrate your lack of a discernible sense of humor. I appreciate your recognition of my freedoms, and remind you that you have the same freedoms available.
21 posted on 12/20/2004 12:16:54 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.")
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To: Luddite Patent Counsel

I stand by my comment, you are a jerk and an insensitive lout. Trying to justify your tasteless comment with equally uninformed and boorish comments only serves to prove my point.


22 posted on 12/20/2004 12:52:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Thanks for your input, and have a Merry Christmas.


23 posted on 12/20/2004 1:03:14 PM PST by Luddite Patent Counsel ("No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.")
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