Calif. Inmate Firefighter Dies During Training

Inmate Firefighter Crisanto Leo Lionell was training with CAL FIRE when he lost consciousness.


An inmate firefighter died Wednesday while training with CAL FIRE.

Inmate Firefighter Crisanto Leo Lionell, 54, was participating in the training exercise at the California National Guard’s Camp San Luis when he lost consciousness, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Lionell was serving an 11-year sentence for transportation and possession for sale of controlled substances.

CDCR and CAL FIRE are currently conducting a review of the incident.