The Los Angeles County Fire Department lost a captain in the line of duty Tuesday when Fire Captain Daniel Elkins was involved in a single-vehicle accident.
Elkins, 47, was leaving the Pine Incident brushfire in the Lake Hughes area when he was involved in the accident, according to a fire department media advisory. He was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Elkins was a 20-year member of the department who lived in the Quartz Hill area of Los Angeles County, and is survived by his wife and two adult children.
According to the L.A. Daily News, Elkins had just finished an 18-hour shift and was driving home at about 8 a.m. when his pickup drifted onto the dirt shoulder, flipped several times and landed several hundred feet from the road. The newspaper reported that investigators believe Elkins may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The LACoFD did not confirm this information, saying the incident is under investigation and that additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
A flag ceremony will take place on Friday, July 16, 2004, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at:
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Fire Station 117
44851 30th Street East
Lancaster, CA 93535-1338
A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 19, 2004, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at:
Lancaster Baptist Church
4020 East Lancaster Boulevard
Supervisors, please notify off-duty personnel of above change who are planning to attend service.
Interment will follow.