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    California Firefighter Dies in Rollover During Heavy Storm

    California Firefighter Dies in Rollover During Heavy Storm

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    Firefighter Chris Kanton, formerly of Paso Robles, was killed Saturday near Beaumont in Riverside County.

    Kanton, 24, was traveling in a California Department of Forestry fire engine on Interstate 10 east of Highway 60 when the engine left the freeway and traveled down a steep embankment, struck several trees and came to a rest on the roadway below.

    The engine was responding to storm-related accidents. Two other firefighters were injured in the accident.

    Kanton moved to Paso Robles from Washington when he was nine years old. After graduating from high school he volunteered at the CDF fire station in Heritage Ranch, said Rick Griggs, CDF spokesman.

    He attended a fire academy in Santa Maria and went to work for the CDF in Riverside County in May of 2003. Kanton is survived by his wife of six months, Kathryn.

    Saturday's crash marked the first on-duty firefighter death for the Riverside County Fire Department in recent years, Griggs said.

    The fast-moving storm that moved through the area brought strong winds that knocked over more than 50 power poles in Perris and Quail Valley. Up to 30,000 Southern California Edison customers were temporarily without power, company spokesman Paul Klein said.

    Gusts knocked down trees in Banning and San Jacinto, officials said.

    "All the streets were like rivers and one house had water damage," county fire engineer Scott Bethurum said from Banning.

    However, there were relatively few accidents as most residents hunkered down to wait out the rain.

    Distributed by the Associated Press

    Funeral Arrangements:

    A memorial service for Firefighter Kanton has been scheduled for Wednesday August 10, 2005, 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Crossroads Church, 2331 Kellogg Av., Corona CA 92881: Thomas Brothers Map Page 773 E-1

    Reception to follow from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at a nearby location, details will follow soon.

    Firefighter Kanton will be buried in his home town of Paso Robles on Friday August 12, 2005.

    Arrangements for the interment are pending and will be made public as soon as they are available. Fire Departments, Public Safety Agencies, Public Officials and Dignitaries are asked to contact the CDF/Riverside County Fire Department RSVP unit at (951) 940-6840 or (951) 940-6841. Please have the following information available when contacting the RSVP Unit:

    The number of apparatus or vehicles attending, the number of personnel attending, a point of contact name and phone number.

    Dignitaries and public officials are asked to call so that we can follow up with further details. Large agencies and individual CDF Units are asked to call from a single point of contact. Check the www.rvcfire.org website for details regarding the procession as they become available.

    The RSVP lines will be in operation from 8 a.m. until 7 a.m. PST. General Public information can be obtained by calling the CDF/Riverside County Fire Department Public Affairs Bureau at (951) 940- 6985 or by checking the Fire Department website at www.rvcfire.org .

    Information will be forthcoming later today regarding locations and addresses for donations in lieu of flowers.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=39&id=43848

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    Gov. Schwarzenegger Issues Statement on Death of CDF and Riverside County Firefighter Chris Kanton

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today released the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Riverside County Firefighter Chris Kanton of Temecula:

    "Each day, firefighters willingly put their lives in jeopardy to save men and women in danger. Risking his life to protect fellow citizens was a duty Firefighter Kanton undertook with pride and honor. Maria and I send our deepest condolences to Chris' family and friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with them."

    Kanton, 24, died Aug. 6 when the fire engine in which he was traveling was involved in a single vehicle accident. The engine left the freeway and traveled down a steep embankment, struck several trees and came to rest on the roadway below. Kanton is survived by his wife, Kathryn.

    In honor of Kanton, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

    http://www.fivestarflags.com/vox/arc...is-Kanton.html

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    Emotional goodbye for fallen firefighter

    By: Adrienne Moore

    Firefighters from across the state came to the Central Coast to pay tribute to 24-year old Chris Kanton, who died last weekend in his fire engine with his Riverside County crew.

    Kanton, a Riverside County firefighter, was killed while responding to a call when his fire engine crashed on Interstate 10 last Saturday. Two other firefighters were hurt in the crash.

    "Chris' death was tragic," says friend Steve Freeman. "He was so young, but his life was glorious because of the person he ways, and because of the joy he brought to his family and friends and because of the service he gave this community."

    Kanton, who grew up in Paso Robles, had a solid network of friends within the department, who say his passion for ice hockey and snowboarding was only outmatched by his love for his new wife of six months, Kathryn.

    "His biggest goal was he was saving up all of his money to buy his new wife a beautiful home," says Riverside County firefighter Nica Vasquez.

    Friends say it was Kanton's energy and community outreach work that made him a role model to dozens of area kids.

    "I think that was the theme of Chris' life," says Freeman. "He left everything better than when he found it."

    All of the fire trucks from Riverside County have put decals on their windows to pay tribute to Chris Kanton. A fund has been set up in Chris Kanton's name.

    Chris Kanton Fund
    CDF Firefighters Riverside Chapter
    Benevolent Fund
    21160 Box Springs Road, #105
    Moreno Valley, CA 92557

    CDF/SLO County Firefighters Benevolent Fund
    PO Box 3095
    Paso Robles, CA 93447


    http://www.ksby.com/home/headlines/1677076.html

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    Firefighter dies after fire engine slides off road

    By Joe Nelson, Staff Writer

    BEAUMONT Funeral arrangements were pending Monday for a 24-year-old Riverside County firefighter killed after the fire engine he rode in veered off the freeway and down an embankment during a wind-whipped storm.

    Chris Kanton of Temecula died after the 3 p.m. Saturday crash off Interstate 10, east of Highway 60 in Beaumont. Two additional firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Moreno Valley station were also injured in the accident.

    Kanton's team was headed to Beaumont to assist CDF fire station No. 66, which was responding to a spate of calls for service, CDF firefighter Mica Vasquez said.

    A wind-whipped rainstorm spurred the incident. The fire engine reportedly hydroplaned off the freeway and down a steep embankment, striking several trees before coming to rest on a road below, authorities said.

    Kanton died at the scene. Firefighter Richard Bruning, 39, of Redlands suffered minor injuries, was treated at a hospital and released Saturday, Vasquez said.

    Fire apparatus engineer Michael Arizaga suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he remained hospitalized Monday, authorities said.

    Kanton worked for the Riverside County Fire Department for two years. Prior to that, he worked for about two years in CDF's San Luis Obispo division, Vasquez said.

    Grief counselors were provided to members of the fire department Monday. It was unclear what kind of benefits Kanton's widow, Kathryn, will receive.

    "All of our efforts so far have been put toward funeral arrangements,' Vasquez said. "Everyone in the unit is very saddened by our loss.'

    Cards and flowers can be sent to Kanton's widow in care of: CDF/Riverside County Fire Department c/o Kanton family; 210 W. San Jacinto Ave., Perris, CA 92570.


    http://www.sbsun.com/Stories/0,1413,...001403,00.html

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    Chris Kanton

    Chris Kanton, age 23, passed away in the line of duty on Saturday, August 6, 2005, in Riverside County. Chris was born December 1, 1981, in Puyallup, Wash. ,and moved with his family to Paso Robles, Calif., when he was nine years old. While in high school, Chris started as a paid call firefighter at Station 33 at Heritage Ranch in Paso Robles. After graduating from high school in 2000, Chris attended and graduated from the Allan Hancock Fire Academy in Santa Maria, Calif., and subsequently completed three years as a seasonal firefighter in Riverside County, Calif. He completed HAZMAT training and served on the HAZMAT team at Station 81 in Bermuda Dunes and other locations as a full-time firefighter. Recently, Chris was transferred to Station 58 in Moreno Valley, where he served as a Firefighter II. Chris' love and passion for firefighting is exemplified by the numerous certifications he achieved throughout his career.

    Chris had an interest in photography and served as the yearbook photographer and editor in high school. His greatest love was extreme sports. Chris was an avid wakeboard, snowboard and motorcycle enthusiast. When he was not on duty with CDF, he worked for the Ski Patrol at Big Bear and rode his dirt bikes in the summer. Chris learned to play hockey (he was a goalie) before arriving in California, and played in several leagues, including the high school league in Paso Robles. For the past four years, he played hockey in the Firefighter Olympics for both Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.

    In February of this year, Chris married Kathryn Motts and they made their home in Temecula, Calif., with their two dogs Nixon and Kaylee. Chris was a giving person. Helping others, regardless of their need, was an integral part of his personality. He had another side too. He was fun to be with and could bring a smile to your face, if not outright laughter, in even the most difficult of times. Words cannot express the joy that Chris brought to all of those whom he touched. Chris was a loving son, husband and brother. He was our friend. We will miss him.

    Chris is survived by his wife, Kathryn of Temecula; parents Paul and Mary Kanton of Paso Robles; sister, Heather Alspach, and husband, Michael, and their son, Blake, of Paso Robles; grandmother, Betty Sharber of Paso Robles; uncle, Pete Kanton, and wife, Carol, and their daughter, Ashley, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; uncle, Robert Sharber, and wife, Linda, and their son, Jason, and daughter, Jana, of Eugene, Ore.; great-aunt, Bessie Georgouses, of Santa Cruz; Linda Motts, mother-in-law; Tim Motts, father-in-law; Janelle Thompson, sister-in-law, and husband, Casey; Michael, Jeff and Tim Motts, brothers-in-law, all of Mission Viejo.

    A memorial service with full fire department honors will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Cross Road Church in Corona at 2 p.m. In addition, a Rosary will be held Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Kuehl-Nicolay F.H. in Paso Robles, and a Mass will be held Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church in Paso Robles. A fire engine processional will follow to the Paso Robles District Cemetery for the committal.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Firefighters Benevolent Association of either Riverside, 21160 Box Spring Rd, Moreno Valley, CA 92557, or San Luis Obispo, P.O. Box 3095, Paso Robles, CA 93447.

    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005...0520_01_14.txt

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    Kanton, Chris

    Age: 24
    Cause of Death: Struck By
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 08/06/2005
    Duty Type: Responding
    Incident Time: 15:10
    Activity Type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
    Death Date: 08/06/2005
    Fixed Prop. Use: N/A

    Fire Dept. Info:
    CDF-Riverside County Fire Department
    210 West San Jacinto Street
    Perris , California 92570
    Chief: Chief Craig Anthony

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Chris Kanton was riding on an apparatus en route to a storm related motor vehicle accident on the Interstate. The engine left the roadway, traveled down an embankment, striking several trees, and coming to rest on the roadway below. Firefighter Kanton died as a result of his injuries.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Cards can be sent to the family:CDF-Riverside County Fire Department, c/o Kanton Family, 210 W. San Jacinto Ave., Perris, CA 92570

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2005

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