Fallen Firefighters to be remembered at Ventura County Memorial

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The Fallen Firefighters Memorial. 


The fire agencies of Ventura County will honor four firefighters who lost their lives to job-related illnesses during the annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial remembrance Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

The outdoor ceremony is being limited to families and invited guests of the firefighters being honored and will have COVID-19 precautions in place.

A livestream of the event can be viewed via the Ventura County Fire Department Facebook page here:

There are 51 names engraved on the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Ventura County Government Center.

The latest food – Gary Dean Oliver, John Wendell Spiker, Gary Raymond Hart and Rueben John Murrieta– were added last year. All four had died from work-related cancer.

The pandemic prevented an in-person ceremony in 2020, and a tribute video has been produced to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices all 51 of these firefighters made until an event could be held with the families. The tribute video can be viewed here:

First unveiled in 2004, the Ventura County Fallen Firefighter Memorial is located on the grounds of the County Government Center off Victoria Avenue in Ventura. It features a 7-foot bronze statue and granite base on which the names of fallen firefighters are engraved. The site recognizes firefighters who died in the line of duty, whether from traumatic injury or job-related illness. It represents each of the seven fire agencies serving throughout the county, including Ventura County, Oxnard, Ventura City, Federal Fire, Fillmore City, CAL FIRE, and the U.S. Forest Service.

More information related to the Ventura County Fallen Firefighter Memorial can be found at: