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Monday, January 28, 2013

Passing of CAL FIRE Battalion Chief Karen Shubin (B-1412)

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 It is with great sadness that I must deliver news of the passing Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, Battalion Chief Karen Shubin. Karen passed on January 23, 2013, in her Napa home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Karen spent her career in both LNU and MEU and her final assignment was B-1412, in the West Division of LNU. The family has asked for privacy during this time.

A public visitation will occur on Monday, January 28, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. This visitation will be held at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, located at 411 Coombsville Road. The service will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 1917 3rd Street in Napa. Immediately following the service, a procession will take place from Napa to Valley Memorial Park in Novato for burial. Presentation of flags and the "Last Call" will take place at the gravesite.

Class A uniforms have been requested by the family for all uniformed personnel. Those individuals who do not have a Class A uniform are requested to be in long sleeve work uniform with black tie. Agencies who wish to attend the service are requested to RSVP no later than 9:00 AM on Monday, January 28. The church where the memorial service will take place is in a residential neighborhood, which places limits on parking availability. We are requesting the CAL FIRE Units as well as local government agencies and volunteer departments limit their participation to one vehicle each. Parking for agency vehicles will on 3rd Street with access off of Jefferson Street. Additional personnel and vehicles such as sedans and pickups are welcome to attend and may park in the surrounding residential neighborhoods. More detailed information will become available over the weekend.

Please email your RSVP to the following address: karenshubinmemorial@ nospam Include the agency name, vehicle number and type, and number of people on board. If any additional personnel will be in attendance, please identify if they will be arriving in an agency vehicle along with how many people will attend. If you have any additional questions, please post them to the email address, as this will be monitored and answered in a timely manner.

Doug Wenham
Assistant Region Chief
Northern Region Headquarters

For those who would like to help defray the family's medical and other costs, please send donations to The Shubin Family Trust, Rabobank, 700 Trancas St., Napa, CA 94558.

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