California Captain Collapses and Dies

The Redding, Calif. Fire Department is mourning the loss of a dedicated fire captain.


The Redding, Calif. Fire Department is mourning the loss of a dedicated fire captain.

Captain Ed Andrews, 53, died yesterday during training.

Battalion Chief Shane Lauderdale said Andrews was training for the upcoming summer fire season when he collapsed. He said fellow firefighters and EMS personnel immediately began CPR, and continued as he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Andrews had been with the department since 1984, and was promoted to captain in 1994.

Lauderdale said Andrews was a committed firefighter who taught at departments all over the state.

"He was definitely one of our hardest workers. He was extremely passionate about the fire service."

Andrews is survived by two children -- a high-school-aged son, and college-aged daughter. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at the Big League Field of Dreams in Redding.

Funeral Information

A memorial service for Captain Andrews will be held Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m.

Services will be held at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex located at 20155 Viking Way, Redding, Calif.

Please RSVP to:
Sharon Weaver, Office Services Supervisor
Redding Fire Department
777 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001
(530)225-4141
(530)225-4322 (Fax)

A memorial fund has been established to benefit fire academy students at both Shasta College and College of the Siskiyous. Persons interested in contributing to the Ed Andrews Memorial Fund may contribute at any Members 1st Credit Union location.

For branch addresses go to: https://www.membersonline.org/contact.php#address.

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