It is with profound sadness that I inform our CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Family and partnering agencies that Battalion Chief, Hans Bolowich passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, May 25, 2020 after a heroic battle with cancer.
Hans was born on December 29, 1963 in. Some of his favorite hobbies included fly fishing, football, skiing and wakeboarding. Hans played football for San Bernardino Valley College and later coached for Yucaipa High School.
Hans’ career in the fire service began in 1982 where he was a volunteer firefighter at Riverside County Fire Department Station 22 in Cherry Valley for five years. In 1985, Hans went to paramedic school and later worked for AMR (formerly Goodhew) Ambulance.
In 2002, Hans was hired by CAL FIRE as a Firefighter Paramedic on Squad 84 in Temecula and further promoted through the ranks as Fire Apparatus Engineer Paramedic and later a Fire Captain Paramedic before his Schedule B assignment at Anza Station 29. Finally, Hans promoted to Battalion Chief in 2019 where he was assigned to Battalion 14.
Since 2005, Hans was an instructor at Moreno Valley College teaching pharmacology to paramedic students until his illness.
Hans held a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Cal State San Bernardino. He is survived by his wife, Carla Bolowich, brothers Konrad and Franz Bolowich and sister Heidi Jackson.
We will deeply miss Hans and will be here to support Carla and his family during this very difficult time. Information regarding Hans’ celebration of life will be forthcoming.
The Bolowich family would love to have any photos you have of Hans during the course of his career. Photos can be uploaded to:
Memorial Service Flowers:
Oak Valley Florist
(951) 769-5973 or (800) 748-1099
The Riverside County Professional Firefighters Benevolent Fund has set up an in-kind donation account:
Funeral Services are being discussed and an update will be announced when appropriate