Friday, September 17, 2010

LODD: OCFA Firefighter/Paramedic Jim Owen collapsed during training

ORANGE COUNTY (CALIF) FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC LODD-COLLAPSE DURING TRAINING
It is with great sadness that we relay the announcement about the sudden passing of Orange County (CA) Fire Authority Firefighter/Paramedic Jim Owen, from OCFA Chief Keith Richter. 
OCFA Firefighter/Paramedic Jim Owen
Firefighter/Paramedic Owen collapsed during a "Training Activity Group" , which is basically a multi-company training at their Regional Fire Operations Training Center yesterday. He began feeling poorly and was being assessed when he went into a full arrest. The crews on scene immediately rendered ALS care and FF/PM Owen was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana where he was pronounced dead, in the Line of Duty, at approximately 1230 Hours.

FF Owen was 56 years old and is survived by his wife, Sharon, and three sons, Jim Jr., Daniel, and Kevin. He has been with the OCFA since 1980 and spent the majority of his career at Fire Station 4 in Irvine, where he was a Haz-Mat firefighter as well as a paramedic.
Jim was an iconic figure at OCFA and loved his job. Everyone knew who “Jimmy” was because of his hard work ethic and zealous generosity.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Sharon, and three sons, Jim Jr., Daniel, and Kevin. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

As always our most sincere condolences to the members of the OCFA and especially his surviving family and friends.
Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts and prayers through these very difficult times.

Information on funeral services for Jim will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

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