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Remembering LACFD Station Fire Heroes Hall and Quinones
Fire Capt. Tedmund Hall and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo Quinones, the two Los Angeles County firefighters who lost their lives battling the Station Fire, were honored today in a public memorial held at Dodger Stadium. The men were remembered for, among other things, “served with dedication, courage and, during their last alarm, with absolute bravery and selflessness,” said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp, according to LA Now.
Among the fellow firefighters from all over the country, friends, and family members gathered were several leaders and dignitaries, including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and US Vice President Joe Biden. While typically used for celebrations, sports, and concerts, today "Dodger Stadium had taken on a somber tone," with fire trucks entering the parking lot under two suspended American flags hung from firetruck ladders. Inside the stadium the "flags lining the upper deck of the stadium were lowered to half-staff," and "home plate was decorated with flowers and framed photos of Hall and Quinones."