Today right next to my office a very large gathering of police and fire fighters gathered to remember the Novato California fire fighter who was killed while fighting fires in Southern California. This was a very humbling and somber event for me. There was worldwide press, many dignitaries including the current California Governor Grey Davis and the Governor Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger and literally thousands of emergency crews from all over the world with their equipment and in full honor dress uniforms. Even George Lucas’s fire fighters from his ranch where Star Wars is produced and some filmed were in attendance. The memorial was held at the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Civic Center Auditorium.
Below are a few pictures from the event which is still going on. The most touching was the young boy under the extended fire truck ladders looking sad with a toy fire fighter hat on and a wagon.
It really is amazing to see everyone come together for this fallen hero.
You can click on the images to see a larger version.