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Saturday, November 13, 2010

LACFD: DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL HIGHWAY - STATION FIRE LODD

November 15 - Dedication ceremony of the Captain Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones Memorial Highway.

The Station Fire of 2009 devastated the San Gabriel Mountains above Altadena.
Captain Tedmund “Ted” Hall, 49, and firefighter specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 35
Two Los Angeles County firefighters lost their lives, however, in attempting to protect their prisoner hand crew.

Captain Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones, who was to be a father in only a few weeks, died in a tragic accident when their vehicle ran off the roadway in thick smoke. They were killed near Mount Gleason (Camp 16) in the Angeles National Forest south of Acton. Their emergency response vehicle went over the side and fell 800 feet into a steep canyon amid intense fire activity while they tried to battle fast-moving flames on the Station fire.

On the one-year anniversary of the fire, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced his support for the renaming of Angeles Crest Highway after Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones.

By action of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors the Angeles Forest Highway has been
dedicated in honor of fallen Los Angeles County Firefighters Hall and Quinones, who lost their lives during the devastating 2009 Station Fire, the largest fire in the history of Los Angeles County.

At the ceremony a sign dedicating the highway will be unveiled by members of the Hall and Quinones family. Shortly after the ceremony signs will be affixed at both the northbound and southbound (one-quarter mile south of Sierra Highway) entrances to the highway.


When: Monday, November 15, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Fire Station 129, 42110 6th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534.
(Thomas Guide 4105 H-5).

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