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Old 03-23-2016, 18:50
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Default 3/23/98- LAFD Fire Copper 3 Down, Three Firefighters and Patient Parish

18 years ago today...




MARCH 23, 1998

EARLY THIS MORNING, LAFD UNITS RESPONDED TO A TRAGIC ACCIDENT AT SUNLAND AND WHEATLAND IN FS-24’S DISTRICT. THEY REQUESTED AN AIR AMBULANCE TO TRANSPORT A 12-YEAR-0LD FEMALE PATIENT TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. FIRE-3 RESPONDED WITH A PILOT AND TWO HELITAC PERSONNEL FROM FS-90. TWO FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDICS FROM RA-81 WERE ON BOARD PROVIDING TREATMENT. WHILE REROUTE TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, THE HELICOPTER CRASHED AT RED OAK AND FERNDELL DRIVE IN FS-82’S DISTRICT. THREE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS AND THE YOUNG PATIENT PERISHED AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT THE TWO REMAINING DEPARTMENT MEMBERS WERE TRANSPORTED TO COUNTY USC MEDICAL CENTER IN SERIOUS BUT STABLE CONDITION.

KILLED IN THE CRASH WERE:

APPARATUS OPERATOR MICHAEL D. MCCOMB, FS 90-B
FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC MICHAEL A. BUTLER, FS 81-B
FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC ERIC R. REINER, FS 81-B

SERIOUSLY INJURED WERE:

PILOT II STEVEN L. ROBINSON, AIR OPERATIONS
FIREFIGHTER DENNIS J. SILGEN, FS 90-B
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Old 03-24-2016, 16:59
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/lafd/s...57664034459363

A nice photo spread posted by LAFD today of the memorial
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Old 03-24-2016, 17:11
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I remember that day very well... RIP to All Firefighters and their patient as well
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Old 03-24-2016, 18:54
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I read a statistic regarding helo deaths not to long ago. Surprising how many deaths/ crashes there are. Very dangerous job.
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Steve Robinson recently passed away from the injuries he sustained in that crash. He left a great legacy in the department.
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:44
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Rest in Peace.
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Steve Robinson recently passed away from the injuries he sustained in that crash. He left a great legacy in the department.

I'm sorry to hear that.
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Old 03-28-2016, 19:50
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Steve Robinson recently passed away from the injuries he sustained in that crash. He left a great legacy in the department.
Just found that LODD information and will add him to this section. Thank you
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I vaguely remember this incident. RIP to all the Brothers and that little girl.
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New honor link- http://lafire.com/lastalarm_file/199...ler/FIRE-3.htm
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