Unofficial Home of the WFD Local 1339
Please Support our Sponsors

New Feature:

FireFighting Videos

Contests

Current News

Archived News
Local 1339 News
WFD Schedule

Search FireFightingLinks.com

Search The Web
Photo Galleries
Shield Gallery
Helmet Gallery

Fallen Brothers

FireFighter Profiles
Fire Dept Webcasts
Related Websites

Fire Department Websites

FireHouse Funnies
Fire Museums
Fire Auctions
Fundraising Links

Manufacturer Links

Job Opportunities
Organizations
Periodicals
Pipe & Drum Sites

View 2,000+ in the Armpatch Gallery

Website Sponsors
Submit News
Report Broken Link
Contact Me
About Me
Advertising

Add Your Website URL

Website Awards
Website Reviews
Vote For This Site
Link To Us
Make Homepage

Click here to donate online

Fallen Brothers» Esperanza Wildland Fire Tragedy


Mark
Loutzenhiser

Jess
McLean

Jason
McKay

Daniel
Hoover-
Najera

Pablo
Cerda

     Our condolences to the Loutzenhiser, McLean, McKay, Hoover-Najera, Cerda, and the United States Forest Service families. Captain Mark Loutzenhiser, 44, and FireFighters Jess McLean, 27, Jason McKay, 27, Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, and Pablo Cerda, 23, of the U.S. Forest Service San Jacinto Ranger District assigned to Engine 57 lost their lives fighting the Esperanza Wildland Fire near Cabazon, California on Thursday October 26, 2006. The fire crew was defending a home when they were overtaken by flames fanned by the Santa Ana Winds gusting at over 25 mph. The fifth member of the fire crew, Pablo Cerda, remained in critical condition at Arrowhead Medical Center with burns over 90 percent of his body and lung damage until he was removed from life support on Tuesday October 31, 2006.

     Captain Mark Loutzenhiser, 44, of Idyllwild, California, a father of five, was a 21 year veteran firefighter/EMT. Mark started his career as a Vista Grande Hot Shot and was Captain of Engine 57 for 12 years. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the Riverside County Fire Department and an active member of his community as a coach for youth sports.

     Fire Engine Operator Jess McLean, 27, of Beaumont, California, was a 7 year veteran firefighter, 3 years of which was with the Vista Grande Hot Shots.

     Assistant Fire Engine Operator Jason McKay, 27, of Phelan, California, was a 9 year veteran firefighter, 4 years of which was as a Volunteer with the Adelanto Fire Department. He also served on the Mojave Greens Type II crew.

     FireFighter Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, of San Jacinto, California, was in his second season of firefighting. He worked on the Tahquitz Type II crew in 2005 and was a seasonal employee in 2006.

     FireFighter Pablo Cerda, 23, of Fountain Valley, California, was in his second season of firefighting. He previously worked on the Tahquitz Type II crew.

     The families have requested private funerals which are being arranged by the San Bernadino National Forest. There will be a public memorial service to be held on Sunday November 5, 2006 1PM at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen Park in Devore, California. A tip line has been set up. Anyone with information on the cause of the Esperanza Wildland Fire can contact the Riverside County Sheriff at (951) 922-7116.

     A memorial fund has been established to benefit the families of the fallen firefighters. Donations can be sent to:


Engine57Memorial.org



Esperanza Firefighters
Assistance Fund

P.O. Box 1645
Riverside, CA 92502

Website Sponsors


All Fire Categories



Fire Fighting Gear


Fire Equipment
Fire Eye Protection
Fire Fighter Boots
Fire Fighter Gear
Fire Fighter Gloves
Fire Fighter Goggles
Fire Fighter Helmets
Fire Fighter Hoods
Fire Fighter Knives
Fire Fighter SCBA
Fire Fighter Tools
Fire Fighting Hose
Fire Flashlights
Fire Ladders
Fire Turnout Gear



Fire Fighting Careers


Computer Forensics
Fire Certification
Fire Employment
Fire Fighter Education
Fire Fighter Jobs
Fire Fighter Software
Fire Fighter Tests
Fire Fighter Training



Fire Communications


Fire Accountability
Fire Fighter Headsets
Fire Fighter Pagers
Fire Fighter Scanners
Fire Mobile Radios
Radio Batteries



Fire Rescue Specialty


Confined Space
Emergency Lighting
Foam Equipment
Gas Meters
Gas Monitors
Hazardous Materials
High Angle Rescue
Smoke Evacuation
Thermal Imaging
Water Rescue
Wildland Fire Gear



Fire Memorabilia


Fire Fighter Art
Fire Fighter Awards
Fire Fighter Gifts
Fire Fighter Jewelry
Fire Fighter Plaques
Firefighter Calendars



Apparatus & Stations


Fire Apparatus
Fire Boats
Fire Engines
Fire Aerial Trucks
Rescue Apparatus
Used Fire Apparatus
Fire Fighting Pumps
Storage Systems
Vehicle Exhaust
Vehicle Lights



Fire Safety


Emergency Lighting
Fire Alarms
Fire Extinguishers
Fire Suppresion



All Fire Categories


StatCounter

Website Sponsors


All EMS Categories



Airway & Oxygen


Advanced Airway
CPR Masks & Shields
End Tidal CO2
Laryngoscopes
Oral & Nasal Airways
Oxygen Cylinders
Oxygen Delivery
Regulators
Suction


Immobilization


Backboards
Collars
CombiCarrier & Scoops
Extrication Vests
Hartwell Evac U Splints
Head Immobilization
Pedi Immobilizers
Splints
Straps


Identification & Triage


Badges
Cloth Ribbons
Commendation Bars
Custom ID Tags
EMS Collar Pins
EMS Helmets
EMS Pants
EMS Rescue Coats & Pants
Extrication & Rescue Gloves


All EMS Categories



Training


ACLS, BTLS, & PHTLS Books
AED Books
Airway Manikins
ALS Specialized Manikins
Arrythmia Tutor
CPR Manikins
EMT Books
EMT Intermediate Books
Field Guides & Pedi Wheels

Support the Red Cross
Support the Special Olympics
Support the United Way

Return to Top

National Homeland Security Knowledgebase Search Powered by Atomz

Please Support our Sponsors

This page designed for Internet Explorer viewed at 1024x768

Owned, Operated, and Maintained by Waterbury FireFighter Shawn McDonald

Copyright © 2000-2008 FireFightingLinks.com LLC. All rights reserved.

Support the MDA
Support the Leukemia Society
Support the American Cancer Society