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Saturday, January 15, 2011

QFPD LODD: Captain William Hopman, 53, Quincy Fire Protection District

#LODD CALIFORNIA FIRE CAPTAIN DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING A STRUCTURE FIRE,- Cardiac After Fire
It is with deep regret that we advise you that Captain William (Bill) Floyd Hopman, 53, of the Quincy Fire Protection District in California passed away at home January 11, 2011, several hours after fighting a residential structure fire on January 10 in the evening. 

The fire was reported at 2108 hours, and was confined to the attic with damage to the second and first floors. Captain Hopman performed fire attack, extinguishment, and overhaul, and all Quincy companies and personnel were back at the stations and in service by 2255 hours. 

Captain Hopman helped clean up, and returned home. He died in the Kine of Duty that night from an apparent heart attack and was found unresponsive at 0719 hours the next day.

A celebration of Bill's life is planned for 1:00PM Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at his hangar at the Quincy Gansner Field Airport off Highway 70 in Quincy.

All fire personnel wishing to participate are welcome. For more information on participating, please contact Plumas Eureka FD Captain Chad Castagnetti at 530-258-9313, or Plumas Eureka FD Asst. Chief Tom Forster at 530-836-1086. Quincy FD Fire Chief Robbie Cassou is also available for questions at 530-283-0870. As always our sincere condolences.

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