Services Planned for Fallen California Firefighters

A public memorial service for the five U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed in the Esperenza Fire in Southern California is planned for Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Hyundai Pavilion, Glen Helen Park, 2575 Glen Helen Pkwy., Devore, Calif.

Mark Loutzenhiser, Jason McKay, Jess McLean, and Daniel Hoover-Najera were killed last week when their engine was engulfed in flames, trapped the firefighter. A fifth firefighter on board the engine, Pablo Cerda, succumbed to injuries from the blaze Oct. 31.

Funeral services for Firefighter Jason McKay will be held Firday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at the High Desert Church, 14545 Hook Boulevard, Victorville, Calif.

A private burial will follow.

Funeral services for Firefighter Hoover-Najera will be held Monday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Harvest Christian Fellowship, 8880 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, Calif.

A private burial will follow.

Funeral services and burial for firefighters Loutzenhiser, McLean and Cerda will all be private.

For more information on the memorial service, call the San Bernardino Engine 57 Support Line at 909-383-5501.

Donations can be sent to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, 2049 Airport Way, Bosie, ID 83705 or the California Fire Foundation, 1780 Creekside Oaks, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95833.