CDCR inmate firefighter dies of injuries

CDCR on Tuesday announced that an inmate firefighter has died as the result of injuries sustained while working on a fire line in San Diego County.

The inmate firefighter, Frank Anaya, 22, was fighting a grass fire near the town of Lakeside on July 5, when his leg and femoral artery were severely cut. Firefighters at the scene immediately gave Anaya advanced life support care and CPR until he was transported to a hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries.

Anaya succumbed to his injuries at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at an area hospital.

“We are saddened by the death of Frank Anaya, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” said CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan. “Anaya provided an invaluable public service and helped protect our communities from devastating fires.”

Anaya, who was assigned to the La Cima Conservation Camp in San Diego County, was received by CDCR from Ventura County in September, 2016. He was serving a three-year sentence.

He is the second inmate firefighter to die this year and the fifth since the conservation program was created in the 1940s.

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10 Responses

  1. T.M. Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    May he R.I.P. My condolences to his family and may they gain some comfort in knowing he died serving others.

  2. Chikodi B. Okoro Friday, July 14, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Peace Frank Anaya, in Jesus Name and may God console & provide for your family, Amen.

  3. william Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    A solid reminder just how seriously dangerous fire fighting can be and of the inmates that do it all summer long up and down the state of California

  4. K Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Condolences to Frank Anaya’s family. His death lives in our good memories.

  5. Kimberly H. Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Prayers to the family, friends and loved ones. Such a positive and commendable service to engage in for the community. Such a sad thing and great loss at only 22.

  6. Cecilia LeBlanc Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 11:19 am

    So Sorry to learn of the loss of Mr. Anaya. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and those that loved and cared about a young man that lost his life in the effort to keep others save. His family deserves to have pride in him.

  7. Betty Vasquez Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 11:12 am

    My prayers go out to Frank Anaya’s family and friends.

  8. laarni ramirez Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Condolences to the family. Thank you for you hard work protecting other lives and the community. RIP Mr. Anaya. 🙁

  9. Deborah Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 9:38 am

    So very sad! Inmates of fire camps are very invested in turning their lives around, and he died serving the community. Prayers for comfort and peace for his family and friends.

  10. Amy T Wednesday, July 12, 2017 / 8:25 am

    22… that is so sad. He probably wasn’t even going to be in there long either. Thoughts to his family.

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