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Fund for fallen firefighters' families

September 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles Fire Department has set up a memorial fund for the families of Fire Captain Ted Hall and Specialist Arnie Quinones, the two L.A. County firefighters who lost their lives in the Station Fire when their truck overturned on Sunday.If you would like to help the families of the fallen firefighters, you can send donations to:

Memorial fund at the F&A Credit Union
P.O. Box 30831
Los Angeles, CA 90030-9972

Hall was married with two sons, ages 20 and 21. Quinones was soon to be a father. His wife is expecting the couple's first child in a few weeks.

Both men were assigned to Mount Gleason fire camp, a wild land fire training facility that trains inmates to work as firefighters.

Hall and Quinones provided supervision and training for the 105 inmates assigned to the camp.

On Sunday, half the inmates were already in the field. Another 55 inmates and three staff members of the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) became trapped at the camp when the Station Fire advanced on the facility.

Hall, Quinones and other L.A. County firefighters directed the inmates and CDCR staff into a cinderblock dining hall to ride out the firestorm.

After the fire passed, it was decided everyone should be evacuated.

Hall and Quinones left in an engine truck to check out the narrow, winding three-mile road for safety. For unknown reasons, the truck went off the road, plunged 800 feet down a steep embankment and flipped. Both firefighters were killed.

The others at Camp Gleeson managed to make it safely down the mountain.

Camp Gleeson burned to the ground.

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