California Wild Fires: God Bless those Real Heros … 4 Fire Fighters have Died and One Hospitalized in Critical Condition


All to often people put athletes, musicians and actors on pedestal and call them heros. Fire1Today we will put things in its proper perspective. Let’s use the word “hero” as it was intended. The four fire fighters that gave their lives Thursday trying to battle the out of control forest fires in the ongoing Esperanza blaze are heros. The fifth firefighters who has burns over 95% of his body who has been hospitalized in critical condition is a hero. People that sacrifice all for others who do so without knowing or caring who they are helping are true  heros.

Dana Pretzer recently talked about heros in his daily commentary  (1:14) would encourage people to listen. We really do need to understand who in life really are hero’s.

We say a prayer for these heros and for their families, friends  and loved ones. Those that would sacrifice their lives to protect life and property.

  • Engine Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser, 44, of Idyllwild. Loutzenhiser had 21 years of service.
  • Engine operator Jess McLean, 27, of Beaumont. He had seven years of service.
  • Assistant engine operator Jason McKay, 27, of Phelan. McKay had five years with the Forest Service experience and four years of experience as a volunteer firefighter.
  • Firefighter Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, of San Jacinto. He was in his second season of firefighting.
  • The critically injured firefighter was identified as Pablo Cerda, 23, of Fountain Valley.


(NBC4 TV: Click through the slide show of pictures)


Like all the other brave fire fighters taking on this massive fire, heros all. These  men and woman take the ultimate risk to protect life and property.  The extent of this fire has been  so vast and wide spread fueled by the  winds. As of early Friday the fire was only 5% contained.

The firefighters were injured as they manned hoses on a mountain road about 8 a.m. Thursday, when a wind gust sent flames over them so quickly that they had no time to deploy portable fire shelters, according to the Forest Service. (NBC4)

What makes the deaths even worse of the brave men who selflessly took on the task of this fire is that it is being reported that the fire was a result of arson. Fire4

Crews Battle to Protect Homes From Blaze

Fire crews struggled to protect homes Friday from a wind-whipped wildfire that trapped and killed four firefighters as it raced through Southern California mountains.

The blaze in the San Jacinto Mountains, which authorities said was arson, has blackened nearly 24,000 acres, or almost 38 square miles, and already forced hundreds to evacuate. Fire officials worried that the strong wind could shift and blow flames toward populated areas west of Palm Springs.

God bless these fire-fighters and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to save life and property. God bless all of your … hero’s everyone.

Posted October 27, 2006 by
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  • Comments

    12 Responses to “California Wild Fires: God Bless those Real Heros … 4 Fire Fighters have Died and One Hospitalized in Critical Condition”

    1. joe bear on October 27th, 2006 8:35 pm

      These are our American Hero’s.Bless and protect them,always.Joe bear

    2. molly on October 27th, 2006 9:15 pm

      Yes indeed joe bear, no greater love can
      they give than their life for you and me.

    3. Miss-Underestimated on October 27th, 2006 10:18 pm

      As with Joe & Molly,the selflessness of these men has cost them their lives..God Bless them and their families.

    4. yoyo muffintop on October 27th, 2006 10:28 pm

      Every kid wants to be a firefighter when they grown up – we all know why. If there’s a proposition on the ballet where you live and it has to do with more money for the fire department, please vote YES. These guys and gals are true heros.

      God bless the firefighters

    5. Scared Monkeys on October 27th, 2006 10:48 pm

      Lets not forget the police as well. My hometown today had a fund raiser in the streets by the local off duty police for one of their brave fallen officers shot in the line of duty.

      The dangers these people face is around every corner.

    6. Scrapiron on October 28th, 2006 12:59 am

      God bless the firefighters lost in Ca and a special blessing to their families. Families sacrifice a part of themselves every time a firefighter or police officer goes to work, never knowing when, or if, they will return home.

      Volunteer Firefighter 16

    7. vicki on October 28th, 2006 9:39 am

      What a horrific thing to have happened. God bless the familys of these fallen heros.

    8. joe bear on October 28th, 2006 11:19 am

      We had a policewoman killed this week.We need to remember this thin line of heroes who protect us.God bless them and protect them.Joe

    9. Ramlady on October 28th, 2006 5:43 pm

      God bless them and their families for their unselfishness and sacrifice. They are indeed heroes. Yes, SM and Joe Bear, let’s remember the firefighters, police, military, and all those public servants who put themselves in harm’s way every day for our safety and freedom. My father was a policeman for 25 years, and I know what it’s like every time you see them walk out the door…..wondering if it will be the last time you see them. We are indebted to all of them.

    10. Maggie on October 28th, 2006 8:43 pm

      Let’s hope they find the ones reponsible for this. Such young men and heading into the holiday season, such a sad story for all the families involved.

    11. Scared Monkeys on November 2nd, 2006 3:02 pm

      [...] Person of interest, Raymond Lee Oyler, will be charged with five counts of first-degree murder, 11 counts of arson and 10 counts of use of an incendiary device for his involvement in the Esperanza wildfire that killed initially four firefighters and then a fifth one who suffered from burns over 95% of his body.  Investigators interviewed Raymond Lee Oyler on October 27, 2006 and served a search warrant on his Beaumont residence Monday. There is no reason why prosecutors should not seek the death penalty for the deaths of five heroic firefights. This was a deliberate act of arson, life in prison is too good for someone who would knowingly and willfully set fires that would affect so many people’s lives and cause death. [...]

    12. diwa on July 24th, 2008 11:20 am

      i think that we should all take care of our world so its a safe for very one.

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