We Will Never Forget
In honor of those who lost their lives in the line of duty...
This page lists so few of those we honor.
By remembering these heroes we honor all
of our first responders and military.
OCEAN LIFEGUARD SPECIALIST
Los Angeles County Fire Department Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Brian Kutil who passed away on January 15, 2015 during the annual 500 meter recertification swim exercise at Mira Costa High School. He passed away while among his friends doing what he loved, swimming.
Fire Captain Tedmund D. Hall
Fire Captain Hall joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department on April 22, 1981, as a student worker.
Like many young students seeking a career in the fire service, he supported the department’s mission in this capacity before being accepted into the Fire Academy in 1983. Captain Hall graduated from the Academy on September 10, 1983, as a member of the 65th Recruit Class. Upon graduation, he joined the crew at Fire Station 122 serving the City of Lakewood.
In March of 1984, he transferred to Fire Station 28 in Whittier. In October 1985, he joined the crew of Fire Station 43 in La Puente. In December of 1987, he joined the department’s Command and Control Team of fire dispatchers until November of 1988, when he was promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter Specialist.
Captain Hall served as an Engineer for 12 years at various locations, including Fire Stations 149, 165, 90, Camp 2 and Camp 11. In January of 2001, he was promoted to Fire Captain and served at Fire Stations 73, 11 and 33.
His last assignment was Camp 16 in the Palmdale region, where he was assigned in May of 2001.
Fire Captain Hall is survived by his wife Katherine, sons Randall, 21, and Steven, 20, along with his parents Roland Ray and Donna Marie Hall.
Fire Fighter Specialist Quinones joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department on August 6, 1998, as a member of the department’s call fire fighter program. He was assigned to Fire Station 84 in Quartz Hill, where he remained until November 2000 when he was accepted into the Fire Academy as a member of the 104th Recruit Class.
Upon graduating in February of 2001, he was assigned to Fire Station 24 in the City of Palmdale. In August of 2001, he transferred to Fire Station 153 in Covina.
In March of 2002, he returned to Fire Station 24 and served there until November of 2003, when he transferred to Fire Station 82 in the City of La Canada Flintridge.
In December of 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter Specialist, at which time he joined the crew at Camp 16 — his last assignment.
Fire Fighter Specialist Quinones is survived by his wife Loressa, who is expecting their first child within the next several weeks, his mother Sonia Del Valle, his brother Ozzie Quinones Jr., and numerous nieces and nephews.
The "Cowboy Firefighter"
With a worldwide legacy of improving helicopter-based delivery of emergency medical and swiftwater rescue services, Fire Fighter Paramedic Jeff Langley was honorably remembered by our Department on March 28, the twentieth anniversary of his untimely passing at the young age of 28. Langley, affectionately known by his colleagues as the "cowboy firefighter" for his love of horses and rodeo roping, lost his life on March 30, 1993, when he fell from the skid of a helicopter during an emergency medical rescue in Malibu while assigned to Air Squad 8. However, both his life and death have since served to save countless lives of both civilians and first responders over the past two decades.
"Twenty years ago we lost a very important person in our family," said Battalion Chief Steve Martin who served as emcee of the celebration of life. "But his spirit, his work ethic and everything else that surrounded him have continued to this day."
At the age of four Langley announced to his mother Karen that he was going to be a firefighter, and that calling in him never wavered. After working as a Fire Suppression Aide at Camp 2 for two years, he was officially hired as a firefighter with our Department in 1983, where he became part of the pioneering group of LACoFD employees who developed the "Helo-Swiftwater Rescue" procedures and equipment now being used around the world by the global rescue community. Langley's tragic passing initiated a number of new safety procedures for Air Operations personnel, including a life-size helicopter prop at Barton Heliport in Pacoima which has been used by not only LACoFD personnel, but thousands of firefighters from all over the State to train in copter-based rescue operations. In fact, the international Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards administered by the National Association for Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Committee, were partially named in his honor.
The ceremony, held at Air Operations in Pacoima, began with the traditional posting of the colors and pledge of allegiance by the Department's Honor Guard in front of the helicopter prop and he helped develop. Fire Chief Daryl Osby then followed with a tribute to Langley. "I often say that the Los Angeles County Fire Department is not known for its greatness because of our size, but because of the individuals that have worked here and contribute to the history of this organization, and Jeff Langley is no different," said Osby. "I remember working with him when he was a firefighter in the beginnings of our urban search and rescue (USAR) team. He was instrumental in volunteering and helping with the initial guidelines and now we have a USAR team that's known across the nation and around the world. Jeff's contributions have made that team what it is today. Even after Jeff's unfortunate passing, he's still contributing to this organization and the fire service as a whole. He's still in our hearts and his commitment to this organization still lives today."
Fire Fighter Layne Contreras, who worked as Langley's partner, noted to the attendees that he was privileged to have been on the last rescue mission with Langley and felt that he had left our Department a better place. Battalion Chief Larry Collins also spoke of Langley's contributions to our USAR and swiftwater operations, before reading from Los Angeles Times writer Al Martinez's piece "A Cross Hangs in the Sky," written in tribute to Langley just after his passing.
Following these tributes, Langley's mother Karen Langley-Stephen took to the podium to offer her thanks, as well as some words of wisdom to the firefighters in attendance. "Jeff is known best as a hard worker, a great storyteller and a good friend. He worked hard and he played hard," she said. "I think what I take away from everything he did, whether work related or play related, was that he challenged himself and this was a very important thing to do. When you challenge yourself you keep the bar raised high. You can't disappoint yourself, because then you let everybody else down. So keep that bar raised high, and challenge yourself, no matter whether it's work or play."
At the end of the ceremony, the sounds of a helicopter fly-over intermingled with the solemn notes of "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes, a remembrance that though Langley is no longer with us, his work will continue to save the lives of others into the future. "His spirit sees off these helicopters as they take off every morning and come back every day," said Collins. "And when the USAR teams heads out to anywhere in the country or around the world, he's seeing everybody off, safely."
Poet Dan Hess, friend of Langley-Stephen, wrote a poem in honor of Langley titled