Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered state flags to fly at half-staff Monday to honor a Cal Fire firefighter from Escondido who died from a medical emergency during training.
“On behalf of all Californians, Jennifer and I extend our sincere condolences to Cal Fire Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time,” Newsom said. “It’s the work of brave firefighters like Yaroslav that keep our communities safe, and we are deeply grateful for his service.”
Katkov, 29, suffered a medical emergency on Sunday while training with his engine crew. He was transported to the Temecula Valley Hospital and passed away Monday morning.
Katkov began his career with Cal Fire on Aug. 18, 2018, as a seasonal firefighter. He is survived by his father, mother and brother.
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Fire Fighter Yaroslav Katkov out of the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit. Please join us in keeping his friends and family in our thoughts during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/xhAjAlOO7b
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) July 29, 2019
According to Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham, Katkov was assigned to Station 16 in the unincorporated area of De Luz, six miles northwest of Fallbrook.
"It’s the work of brave firefighters like Yaroslav Katkov that keep our communities safe, and we are deeply grateful for his service."
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 29, 2019
Today our community mourns the loss of one of our courageous and dedicated firefighters. It is with a heavy heart that I send my sympathies to Yaroslav Katkov's family and the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit.
— Senator Toni Atkins (@SenToniAtkins) July 29, 2019
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