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His Last Alarm: Events for Firefighter Brent Lovrien

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Last Wednesday, firefighter Brent Lovrien was killed in the line of duty when responding to a call near LAX. A power saw operated by Lovrien sparked an explosion fatally wounding him and injuring LAFD Engineer Anthony J. Guzman.

Tonight, a candle light vigil will be held at Fire Station 5 and the community is invited to participate.

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On Friday, a memorial service will be held downtown at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels following a procession from City Hall:

  • Starting at 7:00 a.m. people can park and shuttle for free over to the morning's events from the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center on Stadium Way (see above map, marked P).
  • The walking procession begins at 8:30 a.m. at Main and 1st Streets (marked in blue in the above map), concluding at the Cathedral.
  • The memorial service begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Cathedral and will last approximately one and one half hours.
  • Around noon, a reception will begin with food and refreshments back at the training center.

Logistically, the day's events will put a delay on rush hour traffic. If you drive, but have access to Metro, this might be a day to give it a try. "People not participating in Firefighter Brent A. Lovrien's service or interment should avoid the area, as some of the streets in Central Business District will experience intermittent closures on Friday" said LADOT General Manager Rita L. Robinson. "Congestion in the area is expected to be heavy in Chinatown and the area west of Grand Avenue during the morning commute hours. We request the public's patience in using alternative routes and allowing additional travel time during this period."

Beginning at 6:00 a.m., the following streets will close (marked in maroon-brown on the map):

  • Main Street will be closed between 1st Street and Aliso Street
  • Temple Street will be closed between Los Angeles Street and Grand Avenue
  • Northbound Grand Avenue will be closed between 1st Street and Temple Street

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. (marked by red above)...

  • Hill Street will be closed between Ord Street and 1st Street

All streets are scheduled to reopen by 1:00 p.m. DOT recommends the following detour routes:

  • To the North: Cesar Chavez
  • To the East: Los Angeles Street
  • To the South: 1st Street and 2nd Street
  • To the West: Figueroa Street and Beaudry Avenue
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Traffic will be allowed to cross Temple Street at the following intersections: Los Angeles Street, Spring Street, Broadway Avenue, Hill Street, S/B Grand Avenue and Hope Street.
For an exhaustive and detailed list of all traffic closures, the city's brilliant traffic conditions page has it all.