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    California Firefighter Dies Working On Wildland Trail

    California Firefighter Dies Working On Wildland Trail

    HEATHER CASPI
    Firehouse.Com News

    Santa Barbara County, CA firefighter Robert Moseley died in the line of duty on February 1 when he suffered a heart attack while clearing brush on a wildland firefighter training course.

    Ironically, this trail at Fire Station 18 in Gaviota had been named "Moseley Trail" after the firefighter by his co-workers in December, said Capt. Charlie Johnson.

    Moseley, 52, served the department for 19 years as a full time firefighter and for two years before that as a reserve firefighter. He was promoted to Engineer/Inspector in July 2000.

    Moseley's fellow firefighters attempted to revive him after he collapsed. "One heard a thump and turned around, and Bob was on the ground," Johnson said. The firefighters called 911 and performed CPR, but Moseley was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Goleta Valley College Hospital at 10:28 a.m.

    He is survived by his parents, his brother, and his son Scott, who attends Santa Barbara City College.

    "This was a guy that was very much connected to the earth," Johnson said. Moseley enjoyed looking for rocks and fossils, and he wanted to be buried at sea, so his friends had his ashes placed inside one of his fossil rocks and had it engraved, and will cast it out to sea.

    "That was Bob," Johnson said. "He was a different thinker." Johnson said the rock was engraved with the word "Sooner," because that was what Moseley always said instead of "Goodbye."

    "He never said goodbye to anybody," the captain said. "He said, I'll see you sooner rather than later."

    Moseley will also be remembered for his sense of humor. Before he was cremated, he was dressed for the viewing in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, dark sun glasses, and had a smirk on his face, like the smile he always had in life, Johnson said.

    Moseley was also a world traveler and visited places including Panama, Africa, Turkey, and Europe.

    "He was a well-respected and well-liked individual," Johnson said.

    Memorial services took place Saturday morning at the Santa Barbara Mission, followed by a motorcade through Santa Barbara to Gaviota State Park for a public reception. Johnson said a Chumash Indian spiritual leader performed a special blessing at Moseley's funeral because he took a personal interest in protecting several Chumash archeological sites around the the fire station.

    Contributions can be made in memory of Bob Moseley to the Santa Barbara County Firefighter Benevolent Foundation at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Account #09124009.


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    Moseley, Robert John

    Age: 52
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Engineer
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 02/01/2003
    Duty Type: Training
    Incident Time: 09:01
    Activity Type: Support Duties
    Death Date: 02/01/2003
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Santa Barbara County Fire Department
    4410 Cathedral Oaks Road
    Santa Barbara , California 93110
    Chief: John Scherrei

    Initial Summary:
    Apparent heart attack while clearing brush for use of area by a training class.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In Memory of Bob Moseley, Santa Barbara County Firefighter Benevolent Foundation, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust Account Number: 09124009, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, 20 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.



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