CDCR Secretary Matthew L. Cate joined Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman and Chief Deputy John B. Tripp, chairman of the Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial Committee, at the 2010 Firefighters Memorial Service at the Los Angeles County Firefighters Memorial Wall on May 5.
Attendees paid tribute to four Los Angeles County Firefighters who died in 2009 in the line of duty or from job-related illnesses. Their names were recognized at the ceremony, along with the reading of the names of all fallen members of the Department whose names appear on the Wall, dating back to 1929.
More than 80 family members of these fallen heroes were in attendance, along with the Department’s Executive Team.
Ceremony highlights included remembrances of each of the fallen heroes, reading of the Memorial Wall names, laying of memorial wreaths by International Association of Firefighters Local 1014 and the Association of Chief Officers, and a helicopter flyover.
At the May 5 Los Angeles County ceremony, participants officially recognized the addition of the names of fallen 2009 Station Fire heroes Fire Captain Ted Hall and Fire Fighter Specialist Arnie Quinones to the Memorial Wall, along with the names of Fire Fighter Specialist Tonya L. Burns and Fire Fighter Specialist Richard Carr, who both died from job-related cancer in 2009.
On April 30, 2010, during the 26th Annual CDCR Medal of Valor Ceremony conducted in Sacramento, CDCR Secretary Cate honored two of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department employees, Fire Captain Hall and Firefighter Specialist Quinones. Both men were assigned to Mount Gleason Conservation Camp # 16, and tragically lost their lives on August 30, 2009, during the Station Fire, when the pair got trapped trying to head to the camp.
Mount Gleason burned to the ground later that day. Miraculously, more than 50 CDCR staff and inmates escaped major harm as flames 200 feet high roared around them, destroying all structures and vehicles at the camp. They were later rescued by fellow first responders. Four CDCR staff were honored with Silver Star medals at the April 30th MOV ceremony for their role in safeguarding lives during the fire, and in the evacuation following the fire event.