Man honored for fatal bid to save family

SAN FRANCISCO - The wife of a man who died after he set out on foot in the Oregon wilderness to find help for his snowbound family thanked hundreds Saturday who attended a memorial service in his honor.

SAN FRANCISCO - The wife of a man who died after he set out on foot in the Oregon wilderness to find help for his snowbound family thanked hundreds Saturday who attended a memorial service in his honor.

Kati Kim, who was rescued by helicopter along with her two young daughters after more than a week, expressed gratitude to those at Golden Gate Park for their support after James Kim's death.
"Without a father, it really truly does take a community to raise children," Kim said, her voice breaking as she stood before a colorful curtain of origami cranes folded by friends and family.

Kim, 30, also thanked the search and rescue crews who combed the mountains of Oregon's Rogue River Canyon for the San Francisco family after they became lost.

The Kims were the focus of an intense manhunt and international media attention when they failed to arrive home in San Francisco after Thanksgiving. James Kim, 35, died of hypothermia in a mountain creek after walking more than 16 miles in search of help.


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