Today, August 30, 2023, marks the 14-year anniversary of the tragic deaths of LACoFD Fire Captain Tedmund “Ted” Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist (FFS) Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones during the Station Fire in 2009.
Captain Hall and FFS Quinones were assigned to protect Camp 16. These two brave individuals made the ultimate sacrifice when Camp 16 was overrun. Their actions saved the lives of over 60 individuals who were also at Camp 16 during the fire.
To honor their lives and legacy, LACoFD personnel will join in an “All Call” at 5:00 p.m.
This moment of silence allows us to reflect on the great loss that has had a lasting impact on the Department.
While the years have passed, their sacrifice continues to inspire us all to be our best and watch over one another.
On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) honored fallen firefighters at its annual Firefighters’ Memorial Service at Department headquarters.
Each year, the LACoFD honors fallen first responders with a formal service.
Every name on the wall is read out loud, followed by the ringing of the bell in remembrance of their memory and legacy.
Fire Captain Steven McCann was added to the Firefighters’ Memorial wall this year.
Captain McCann passed away on February 9, 2022.
Family and friends of the fallen heroes joined Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone and the Executive Team to pay their respects.
The memorial service was live-streamed on the Department’s YouTube channel for all of those who were unable to attend in person.
Every year since 1988, the widows in the Family Support Group attend the event to honor their spouses. They established the memorial wall project and the nonprofit Los Angeles County Firefighters’ Memorial Committee to allow them to pay tribute to the memory of the Department’s fallen firefighters.
It is with great sadness we announce the active-duty death of Jeffrey Windle, on Sunday, March 26, 2023. Windle faithfully served the Fire Department for 22 years and was last assigned to Fire Station 56 in the City of Rolling Hills.
We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the family, friends, and colleagues of Fire Fighter Specialist Windle.
For 15 years, Captain Tretsven served in the Los Angeles County Fire Department, with his last assignment being at Fire Station 152 in Covina. Before becoming a county firefighter, he spent 18 years with the U.S. Forest Service and as a lifeguard.
In this time of mourning, we offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife, sons, and all those who held him dear.
It is with great sadness that the County of Los Angeles Fire Department has announced the unexpected passing of Captain Steven McCann, Fire Station 166, Battalion 10. Captain McCann passed away, while on duty, on February 9, 2022. Captain was 48 years old and dedicated more than 16 years of faithful service to the community. He is survived by his mother, three daughters, grandchild, and siblings.
Captain McCann was a highly respected and esteemed firefighter who truly embodied our core values of courage, caring, commitment, community, integrity, and teamwork while on and off the job.
Captain McCann will be tremendously missed by all of us – and we will never forget him.
It is with great sadness that the County of Los Angeles Fire Department has announced the unexpected passing of Firefighter Jonathan Flagler, Fire Station 83, Battalion 14, Central Regional Operations Bureau. At approximately 02:49 a.m., the morning of January 6, 2022, Firefighter Flagler sustained fatal injuries while engaged in firefighting operations at a single-family residence in Rancho Palos Verdes. Firefighter Flagler was a 21-year veteran of the fire service having served 19 years with the Vernon Fire Department before transitioning into our Department in October 2020. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
On June 1, 2021, Firefighter Specialist Tory Carlon was fatally shot while on duty at Fire Station 81 in Agua Dulce. Specialist Carlon was 44 years old and worked for the Fire Department for more than 20 years. He was previously a member of the U.S. Forest Service Explorer Program. According to Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Tory was “truly dedicated, one of our better firefighters, amazing, and a true loss to our department.”
Edward Kelly, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said “Firefighters leave their homes and loved ones every day knowing the risks involved in our profession. The challenges of being a firefighter or paramedic include seeing and experiencing some of life’s most horrifying circumstances. Nothing, however, can adequately prepare anyone for today’s tragedy.”
He is survived by his wife and three daughters. Our sincerest condolences to Firefighter Specialist Tory Carlon’s family as well as his extended fire family.