Today, we honored our fallen. On March 23, 1998, a LAFD helicopter was transporting a 12-year-old girl to the hospital when Fire 3 crash landed killing her, as well as Firefighter/Paramedic Michael A. Butler, Apparatus Operator Michael D. McComb and Firefighter/Paramedic Eric B. Reiner.
Today, 17 years after the tragedy, we continue to honor our fallen. Capt. II Scott Souter (FS 35), Capt. Jared Cooper (FS 82) and Apparatus Operator Trevor Cooper (FS 27) led a private memorial, which was also attended by Battalion 5.
The ceremony began with a detail formation, march to the crash site, presenting of arms, a short prayer and a moment of silence. The ceremony continued with policing the memorial (removing weeds) and concluded with laying flowers at the foot of the memorial.
They will forever be in our memory. RIP
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