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Sunday, October 28, 2012

LODD SCU Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer passed away Saturday

It is with great sadness that CAL FIRE announces the passing of Santa Clara Unit
Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer.


Rob passed away Saturday evening while on assignment in Santa Cruz. 

The cause and circumstances of Battalion Chief Van Wormer's death isn't immediately known. He fell ill,  lost consciousness, was treated and transported to Dominican Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 2000 hours.

Chief Van Wormer, 47, had served with Cal Fire for 24 years and served as both Fire Chief and a Fire Investigator. His brother, Kirk, is a Cal Fire Battalion Chief in the Sonoma Lake-Napa Unit.

Our condolences to all affected.

Please join us in keeping the Van Wormer family and friends in your thoughts during this very difficult time. Batt 1616 will be missed.

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