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Chief Stefano and honor guard members take part in Orange County Fire Service Memorial event

by: Tony Dodero
Posted: October 19, 2020



COSTA MESA...On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue, along with the partner Orange County fire agencies, honored the fire service family and paid tribute to the lives of those firefighters and fire service professionals who have passed since last year’s tribute at the annual Orange County Fire Service Memorial event. 

The annual event took place at the Orange County Firefighter Memorial Monument located at the Irvine Regional Park in the City of Orange.

The event included an opening and welcome from the host agency, Orange City Fire Department Fire Chief, Sean deMetropolis, who introduced the master of ceremonies for the event, Orange County Fire Chiefs Association President and CMFR’s own Fire Chief, Dan Stefano, who provided a thoughtful history and background of the Orange County Firefighter Memorial.


A presentation of colors was jointly executed by Anaheim Fire & Rescue, CMFR and Orange County Fire Authority Honor Guards that was proceeded by an opening tribute by the Orange County Fire Authority Pipes and Drums, Laguna Beach Fire Department Bagpiper, Engineer David Lopez.

The reading of names took place by Brea/Fullerton Fire Department Chief Adam Loeser with ringing of the bell by Buena Park Fire Department retired Fire Chief Sam Winner.

The event included the playing of taps by CMFR’s own and always amazing Captain Fred McDowell, an Oath of Office pledge led by Orange County Fire Authority Fire Chief Brian Fennessy and the official Retirement of Colors and final closing tribute by Anaheim Fire & Rescue, CMFR and Orange County Fire Authority Honor Guards, highlighted by CMFR’s Honor Guard members Engineer Dave Kearley and Captain Brent Turner.

Worthy to note that this event was Captain Turner’s first as CMFR’s newest Honor Guard Member. Photos:CMPIO

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