Inmate firefighter dies from injuries suffered in Mulholland Fire

Hit in head by falling boulder

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that an inmate firefighter injured yesterday in the Mulholland Fire has died.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, was struck by a boulder that had rolled down a hill. She was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition with major head injuries. Jones was removed from life support after her organs were donated, in keeping with her family’s wishes.

“Her death is a tragic reminder of the danger that inmate firefighters face when they volunteer to confront fires to save homes and lives,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “On behalf of all of us in the department, I send my deepest condolences to her family.”

Jones was a Los Angeles County jail inmate who had joined CDCR’s firefighting program in August 2015 and was assigned to the Malibu Camp, which is operated jointly with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Malibu is one of three camps that house a total of 195 female firefighters.

CDCR maintains a network of 44 conservation camps, in partnership with CAL FIRE. Five of the camps are jointly managed with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The camps house approximately 3,500 inmate firefighters who cut containment lines to stop the spread of wildfires and douse hot spots during clean-up.

Jones is only the third inmate firefighter to die on a fire line since the camp program began in 1943.  Female inmates were incorporated into the firefighting program in 1983.

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21 Responses

  1. Alicia gilbert Sunday, March 20, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I’m sorry it had to come to this Shawna. But you are very brave and selfless and I am lucky to have known you. We never expected to be signing up for a death sentence, even though we knew it was a possibility. They gave you a funeral with full honors. You deserve it all. And now you are onto your next adventure. May God be at your side. I’ll see you again, my friend.

  2. Margo Jackson CRT Tuesday, March 8, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    “There is no greater love for a man to lay down his life for a friend.” Thank you Firewoman Jones for your love and friendship.

  3. C/O R. Askew Monday, March 7, 2016 / 5:50 am

    What a brave thing to do, what a tragic way to die, and what a positive impact her young life made. May her family be comforted by God’s grace. God Bless you Firewoman Jones. Rest in the Lord’s peace.

  4. Laarni Ramirez Thursday, March 3, 2016 / 9:46 am

    Condolences to the family. Thank you for your sacrifice Firefighter Ms. Jones. Thank you also for donating your organs, and saving lives…

  5. SELINA LEE SRN II Wednesday, March 2, 2016 / 9:22 am

    Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Firefighter Shawna L. Jones. May your hearts be consoled, and bless you for your unselfish sacrifice.

  6. D/CMF Sunday, February 28, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Condolences to the family and friends for their loss. Every firefighter is a hero. Firefighter Jones, thank you for your service.

  7. J. Alvara Sunday, February 28, 2016 / 7:39 am

    Condolences to the family.

  8. Captain Robert Christian Saturday, February 27, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Godspeed Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones.

    My most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences to her family, friends and fellow Firefighters.

    Captain Robert Christian
    EFD Platoon 1-Quad 5 / Engine 2
    Louisville, Kentucky

  9. Lt. M. D. Williams, CCWF Saturday, February 27, 2016 / 1:59 am

    WOW! This is an excellent article OPEC Staff. It is very important for the communities at large to know and understand the positive impact that CDCR has on not just the institutions, but the very communities we live in. How impactful that the Inmate Firefighter Jones, gave the ultimate sacrifice with her life at 22 years old. Then in such a tragic time, the family had the where-with-all to donate organs to save more lives. God bless everyone affected by this incident. We are all affected.

    Lt. M. D. Williams
    Central California Women’s Facility Family

  10. Lois M. Woodard Friday, February 26, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Dear Family,
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
    Shawna was a very brave young firefighter. She was giving back to her community while in the line of duty.
    She will always be remembered, especially by those who knew her so well. In the midst of this difficult time,
    May you feel the presence of the Almighty God.
    Chaplain Lois Woodard, CIW

    • Lt. M. D. Williams, CCWF Thursday, March 3, 2016 / 5:24 am

      Amen, Chaplain Woodard!

  11. Linda Hamilton Friday, February 26, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    My sympathies to the family of Firewoman Jones. I appreciate her work and efforts.

  12. Joy Friday, February 26, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    To the family of Ms. Jones,
    Thank you for supporting your daughter and instilling a heart of service in her. She was a very brave individual and we are very grateful for her work and courage. You should be proud of the work that she has done to help save lives and property. May she rest in peace! Deepest condolences to all of you!

    CIM Dental Department

  13. LuEllen Luker Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    So grateful for her service to the public. Great condolences to her family, coworkers and friends as she made her greatest sacrifice in the line of duty during rehabilitation.

  14. Lupe Perez-Samaniego Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    My deepest sympathy and prayers for God’s Peace to her family and friends.

  15. Cathy Lowas Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    Deepest sympathies to Firefighter Jones’ family and friends.

  16. CA -Avenal Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Our condolences to the family and friend of Ms. Jones, from CDCR Avenal

  17. geter.kawatha@cdcr.ca.gov Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family who can raise their heads and say of their daughter she lost her life fighting fires for the Fire Department!

  18. Amy Taylor Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    That’s very sad, she was too young. She must have been doing well to have been able to take part as an inmate firefighter. Thoughts and thanks to her family for donating much-needed organs.

  19. Debbie Fernandez Friday, February 26, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Our condolences go out to her family and friends from CDCR Headquarters Business Service Contracts Unit.

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