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Firefighter Who Lost Life in Station Fire was Expecting a Child

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LA County Fire released the biographies of the two fallen firefighters today. Fire Captain Tedmund D. “Ted” Hall, 47 and Fire Fighter Specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones, 34, died yesterday afternoon when their vehicle went over the side of a road, plunging 800 feet into a canyon near Camp 16, a Department of Corrections facility, in Palmdale. Especially saddening is that Quinones was expecting his first child in the next several weeks. Biographies are below:

Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones
Quinones joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department on August 6, 1998, as a member of the Department’s call firefighter program. He was assigned to Fire Station 84 in Battalion 11, where he remained until November 2000, when he was accepted into the Department’s Fire Academy as a member of the 104th Recruit Class. Upon graduation in February 2001, he became a Fire Fighter and was assigned to serve the public from Fire Station 24 in the City of Palmdale. In August 2001, he transferred to Fire Station 153 in the City of Covina. In March 2002, he returned to Fire Station 24 and served there until November 2003, when he transferred to Fire Station 82 in the City of La Canada Flintridge. In December 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter Specialist, and joined the crew at Camp 16, which was his last assignment. Quinones is survived by his wife, Loressa, who is expecting their first child in the next several weeks, and his mother, Sonia Quinones.

Tedmund D. “Ted” Hall
Hall joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department on April 22, 1981, as a student worker. Like many young students seeking a career in the fire service, he supporting the Department’s mission in this capacity before being accepted into the Department’s Fire Academy in 1983, graduating with fellow classmates of the 64th Recruit Class on September 10, 1983. Upon graduation, he joined the crew at Fire Station 122 in serving the City of Lakewood. In March 1984, he transferred to Fire Station 28 in the City of Whittier and, in October 1985, joined the crew of Fire Station 43 in the City of La Puente. In December 1987, he joined the Department’s Command and Control team of fire dispatchers until November 1988, when he was promoted to the rank of Fire Fighter Specialist. He served as an engineer for 12 years in a number of locations, including Fire Stations 149, 165, and 90, and also at Camp 2 in La Canada Flintridge and at Camp 11 in Acton. In January 2001, he was promoted to Fire Captain, and served at Fire Stations 73, 11, and 33.

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His last assignment was Camp 16 in the Palmdale, where he was assigned in May 2001. Fire Captain Hall is survived by his wife, Katherine, sons Randall, 21, and Steven, 20, and parents, Roland Ray and Donna Marie Hall.