Saturday, April 14, 2007

California Forestry Chief Killed in Crash

LODD - Bryan Zollner

Bryan Zollner, the North Region Staff Chief for the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE), was killed in crash the morning of April 12, according to a press release.

While driving on Route 44, his vehicle left the road in Lassen County. The California Highway Patrol responded and is conducting an investigation along with CAL FIRE.

In the press release, CAL FIRE Director Ruben Grijalva said, "CAL FIRE lost one if its best and brightest leaders. His passing will affect our organization for a long time to come."

Chief Zollner came from legacy of firefighters. His father was a fire chief for the city of Oroville, Calif. and his great grandfather was a firefighter in Detroit.

Among other accolades, Chief Zollner received the Medal of Valor in 1998 for an off-duty rescue of a child from a burning structure in Riverside.

He is survived by his wife, Pam; son, Ty; daughter, Alexia Moore; son-in-law, Charles Moore; two grandchildren; sister, Tracy Zollner; and parents Bob and Brenda Zollner.

Funeral information is still pending.

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Bryan Zollner Memorial Announcement

    REDDING – Services for Bryan Zollner, Staff Chief of Operations for CAL FIRE’s Northern
    Region will be held Thursday, April 19th 2007 at 11:00 a.m. The memorial will be held at Big
    League Dreams, a sports park in Redding, California. The park is located at 20155 Viking Way
    (cross street of Old Oregon Trail) in Redding, California.

  • Nice memorial page from Riverside County CDF

  • Official Cal Fire Memorial information link
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