Captain Zavaleta was well known throughout the fire service in southern California for his contributions to firefighter education and training and workplace health and safety issues. When Captain Zavaleta was diagnosed with brain cancer as an active firefighter, he continued to be an educator and advocate, this time for brain cancer survivors and their families.
Remembering Zavaleta's strong spirit, Deputy Chief Jeff Reeb stated, "Hank Zavaleta set the standard as a husband, as a father, and as a firefighter. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him." Rich Brandt, president of Long Beach Firefighters also remembers Zavaleta, "Hank was a man of courage and strength, the ultimate union firefighter."
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 14, 2011
11:00 a.m. at SeaCoast Grace Church
5100 Cerritos Ave., Cypress.
Captain Zavaleta was a supporter of "Cranium Crusaders" whose mission is to fund brain cancer research. Those who wish to donate to this organization in Hank's memory can do so here.