CAL FIRE Mourns the Passing of Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer

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It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Santa Clara Unit Battalion Chief Rob Van Wormer. Rob passed away Saturday evening while on assignment in Santa Cruz. Rob lost consciousness and was immediately transported to Dominican Hospital. Despite numerous attempts to revive him, he passed away at approximately 8:00 p.m.

His wife Jennifer and their two sons were brought to Santa Cruz and have been joined by his parents and his sister. As many of you know, Rob's brother, Kirk, is a Battalion Chief for CAL FIRE in the Sonoma Lake-Napa Unit.

This is a huge loss for Rob's family, his many friends, his CAL FIRE family and the fire service as a whole. Please join me in keeping the Van Wormer family in your thoughts during this very difficult time.

We will share information concerning the memorial service as it becomes available.

I am directing all CAL FIRE facilities to immediately lower flags to half staff and all uniform personnel to shroud badges until the conclusion of Chief Van Wormer's memorial services.

Chief Ken Pimlott

A public memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at:
HP Pavilion 
525 West Santa Clara St, San Jose

The family has requested Class A dress uniforms. Exceptions: Work response uniform for personnel assigned to engines; CAL FIRE peace officers are authorized to wear weapons with administrative uniform and campaign hat.

There will be a static display of fire apparatus and law enforcement vehicles. If your agency would like to participate, please have your vehicle at the Montgomery & Julian entrance to the HP Pavilion by 8:30 a.m. and RSVP the number of personnel and equipment attending from your agency via email by 12:00 p.m. Friday Nov 2, 2012 to:

Public safety Honor Guard members wishing to participate with the CDF Firefighters Honor Guard detail please contact Chris Bruno at: or (559) 301-3600

If you would like to share your condolences with the Van Wormer family, please send

The Rob Van Wormer memorial scholarship has been established to keep the energy and enthusiasm that Rob poured into the hearts of every Fire Explorer alive for generations to come.  Donations in honor of Rob Van Wormer can be made to the California Fire Exploring Association c/o Rob Van Wormer Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2160, Simi Valley CA, 93062. Your donation is tax deductible CFEA is a 501(C)3 tax id# 68-0424569.




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