It is with incredible sadness that I must inform you that this afternoon Fire Captain Jason O’Brien passed away at Loma Linda Medical Center in Murrietta with his family by his side after a courageous battle against cancer.
Division Chief Geoff Pemberton and Local 2881 Representative Jared Covert are at the hospital providing support to the O’Brien Family during this difficult time.
More information will be provided in the coming days. Please keep Fire Captain O’Brien, his family and our Rainbow Camp Personnel in your thoughts.
Joel was a Fire Captain in ORU, leaving for TCU in 1980 when the contract with Orange County ended. Joel passed away at home after a valiant battle with ALS.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Joel, who passed away due to complications with ALS on May 13, 2020. The Celebration of Life with Cal Fire Honors will be on Saturday June 27, 2020 at the following location:
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:
George L. Fronek Jr, known to his friends as Sunnie, age 72, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in his home surrounded by family.
Sunnie was born November 9, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to California when he was 3 years old where he resided until he moved to Lake Havasu in 1996. On July 31, 1976, Sunnie married his wife, Kim Simpson, in Apple Valley, California.
Sunnie had a life long career with Cal Fire beginning as a seasonal firefighter and promoting to Deputy Unit Chief of San Bernardino Ranger Unit. Sunnie is a 22-year veteran of the California National Guard retiring as a Master Sgt in 1988. Sunnie held multiple positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints including serving as Bishop of the Acoma Ward. Sunnie also served the community as the school board President for Desert Technology High School.
Sunnie is preceded in death by his parents George and Helen Fronek and son, Kirtley Fronek. He is survived by his wife Kim Fronek, his daughters Senice Sommer (Tim Witt), Krista Fronek, Holly Larison (Shawn), his son Brice Fronek (Shannon), his grandsons Brandon Craig, Ryan Dodds (Madison), Brian Fronek, Tyler Ishman, Dillon Ishman, David (Fronek) Powell, Great Grandsons Grayson Craig and Sutton Dodds, and his siblings Roger Fronek (Susie), Sandy Williams, and Janet Fronek.
A walk-thru viewing will be held at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona on Saturday, 28, 2020 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
David A. McKay, 83, died, March 11, 2020. He joins his wife Vicki McKay and leaves his daughter, Lisa (Matt) Clawson; his stepson, Rick (Tilda) Richardson; three grandchildren, Saxon, Hutton & Taylor; his brother Howard & family, Sammy, Kim, Melanie & Dennis; and his stepsister, Andrea (Ron Dixon) & late stepbrother, Billy (Cathy) McKay. Born and raised in San Diego CA, the son of Howard and Erma McKay. After serving with the US Army as an Artillery Surveyor in Germany from 1960 to 1962, David returned to CDF/CAL FIRE, where he had started his career in 1954, as a lifelong firefighter in the San Diego Unit. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in Sonoma County in 1977, where he remained & retired in 1989. He was also a member of the CDF 25 Year Club. Dave loved movies and travel, golf, biking, boogie boarding (before there was such a thing), snowmobiling, crabbing, and gardening. He was a die-hard Chargers and Padres fan. David was a restless retiree, and worked at the Bennett Valley Golf Course, Blood Bank of the Redwoods and was a Retired Annuitant for CDF/CAL FIRE. He volunteered at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Salvation Army and Council on Aging. Donations made in lieu of flowers will be used to honor David’s favorite causes: American Heart Association, Disabled American Veterans, Kenwood Fireman’s Association and the Historical Society & Museum of the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved and well-respected State Retiree Director, Sam Davis. Sam was an advocate for our retirees and served members of CAL FIRE Local 2881 for many years. Please keep his family, friends and fire family in your prayers. Information on services will be forthcoming.
Steve Stein passed away January 24, 2020. He retired after 35 years with CDF. He started in 1956 in San Diego, became a FFTD, Captain/Foreman and Assistant Ranger in Riverside. Left to Tuolumne/Calaveras in 1969 after Job Corp shut down at Oak Glenn. He spent most of his career in Madera-Mariposa as a SFRII.
The memorial service is Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 am. It will be held at the Catheys valley Baptist church, 4565 Cornetts entrance road, Catheys valley, Calif. There will be a pot luck lunch following the first service.