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Thursday, March 1, 2012

USAF California Firefighter Fatality Notification

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:


Name: Mark G. Ratledge
Rank: Fire Captain
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 9
Date of Incident: 02/29/2012
Time of Incident: 0610hrs
Date of Death: 02/29/2012
Fire Department: Cottonwood Fire Protection District
Address: PO Box 618, 3271 Brush ST, Cottonwood, CA 96022
Fire Department Chief: Calvin Ciapponi

Incident Description: Fire Captain Ratledge was struck and killed by a vehicle while working at the scene of a traffic collision on Interstate 5.
Incident Location: Southbound Interstate 5 near the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending. Memorials may be made in honor of Captain Ratledge to the Mark Ratledge Memorial Fund, North Valley Bank, 20635 Gas Point RD, Cottonwood, CA 96022 (http://novb.com/).
Tribute is being paid to Fire Captain Mark G. Ratledge at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
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