Firefighter Fatally Injured in Riverside County

Riverside - CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas, 41, of Temecula was fatally injured while responding to a traffic collision along Interstate 10 near the Thousand Palms area in Riverside County. He was an eight year veteran of CAL FIRE. The CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department fire engine was on Interstate 10 near Monterey Ave, when the employee was struck by a passing vehicle.

Douglas was transported to Desert Regional Hospital but sadly the injuries were fatal. “This tragic accident affects the entire CAL FIRE family and deeply saddens all of the firefighting community,” Chief John R. Hawkins, CAL FIRE / Riverside County Fire Department.

“Please keep Christopher, his family and his crew in your thoughts and prayers,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement regarding the death of Engineer/Paramedic Christopher Douglas: “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of Engineer Christopher Douglas. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow state firefighters.”

The California Highway Patrol Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) will be handling the investigation into the accident.

Grief counselors have been made available to the department’s firefighters and family members to assist them through this difficult time.

His career spanned over 9 1/2 years with eight years service credit as a veteran firefighter for CAL FIRE. Engineer Douglas is survived by his wife, Amy, and two year-old son, Samuel "Sammy". Christopher is also survived his siblings, Martin Douglas and family of Colorado Springs, Heather Douglas of Denver, mother, Rose Porter of Colorado Springs, and his in-laws, Ronald and Sheryl Aitken of Newport Beach, and sister in law Jessica Carroll & her family of Costa Mesa, and sister in law Veronica Herrington and family from Newport Beach.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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