Line of Duty Death

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Brothers and sisters of the off road community please read:

After serving the last 5 days on the Station Fire it is with great sadness that I write this email.

Sunday August 30th, 2009 Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Tedmund Hall (47) and Fire Fighter Specialist Arnaldo Quinones (34) died in the line of duty. They gave all so others could live. I grieve deeply, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hall and Quinones families.

While attempting on offensive tactic of "Backfiring" to save Los Angeles County Fire Camp #16 at the top of Mount Gleason in the Angeles National forest, Ted and Arnie somehow ended up 800' over the side of the Mount Gleason road in Ted's Superintendent truck. I was assigned to Copter 16 that day working the east end of the Station Fire in division "Zulu". I heard the radio traffic and call for air resources to respond. We sent 1 heavy (firehawk) and 1 medium (bell 412) to the scene for rescue. One ship attempted to enter from the north and the other from the south. After 45 minutes of trying affect a rescue there was no way the helo's could help due to poor visibility. It was a very helpless feeling knowing two of our own were down.

Although I never knew Arnie everyone who did said he was a energetic, charismatic and humorous. Arnie is survived by his wife who is 8 months pregnant.

God bless you Arnie.

I would like to share a little about Ted:
I met Ted 28 years ago when I was a rookie Firefighter. We worked together when he was a Firefighter Specialist (like Arnie) at Fire Camp #2 in La Canada and I was assigned to Air Operations as the Fireship Crew Chief. We would fly he and his crew of Fire Suppression Aids to brush fires for initial attack. We had good times with that assignment. It was our careers that brought us together but something else that kept us in touch with each other over the 28 years.

Motorcycles kept us in touch throughout the years both on and off duty. Ted was resident of Oak Hills for the very reason that he could ride out of his garage to put in a loop. He was neighbors with Steve Hengeveld and used to go on "training rides" (he called them) with Steve. We camped and enjoyed many rides together.

In the late 90's he competed in V2R as an Ironman on his old XR500 and finished! He also did team races like the 24 hours of Glen Helen and others. His father and Mother always had their motor home in the infield of the old Adelanto G.P.
He then began to focus on his sons Randall and Steven. Randall shared his father's passion for riding and racing. For a while they had a deal out of Roeslers shop in Hesperia. Randall raced Lorreta Lynn's, Ponca City and eventually qualified for the Glen Helen Outdoor national. Ted always did all the mechanical duties and pit support.

Ted was an athletic soft-spoken born leader. It is people like Ted who lead by example and make the fire service and this world a better place. He leaves behind many good stories and memories with many people.

If you knew Ted, please share a memory.

He is survived by his wife Katherine, sons Randall (21) and Steven (20) Father Roland Ray (retired LACoFD Battalion Chief) and mother Donna Marie Hall.

Godspeed Brother Ted,

Eric Fetherston




There has been a donation fund set up for the Hall and Quinones families:

Account/Member Number 617170 (a combined account for any contribution that does not designate a specific recipient).

Account/Member Number 617171 Tedmund "Ted" Hall (for contributions that specify the Hall Family)

Account/Member Number 617172 - Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones (for contributions that specify the Quinones Family)

F&A Federal Credit Union - "Memorial Fund"
P.O.Box 30831
Los Angeles 90030-9972

(If you wish to mail in a donation, Please send to the above address)
 

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Please give the family my condolences and thank them for the service that their father,husband,son provided for all of us.
 

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Our family is also mourning the tragic death of Ted Hall and Arnaldo Quinones. All thou we did not know Arnie, we Thank them both for the protection they offered and the ultimate sacrifice they both paid to protect and serv all of our families and we pray for both families during this time for there great loss.

Ted ,Kathy, Randy and Steven are our neighbors and long time friends here in Oak Hills.We had the oppotunity to supply doors and windows for there house and got to know them. Our son Louis grew up playing , riding and racing with the Halls as well as attending school together with Randy & Steven. Ted & Kathy are always there as a family supported his boys beyond belief in what ever sport those chose. Ted as ALL fireman was a hands on tinkering type of guy who could make or fix anything and supporting his son's in motorcycle racing and hockey was his passion. I always took pride in his ability to make things last , where as I would go buy it , Ted would make it or fix it and it was always better then you could buy. In racing and hockey he wanted them to be the best and would coach them like a prize fighting boxer, especially strong with his wife Kathy of 27 years at his side. He gave both of his sons any free time he had, to help make them the best at what they were into at that time. Little did we all know that he was preparing his wife and boys to be strong and curageous knowing that God has a much bigger plan for him.

One time at Lake Powell boat camping with the Halls. A friend of ours got a little crazy with fireworks and was shooting them all over the place. After shooting one inside his own boat, he then lit the small hillside on fire with one accidently. I felt secure knowing Ted, being a fireman, had it way under control. As the brush started to ignite I turned to watch a real fireman in action. Nope, Ted stood there laughing in tears and it was Kathy who quickly came to the rescue with buckets of water to put it out.

Ted will be greatly missed by all who he touched in his life and will be remember long after the fires are all put out.

Please show your respects of there services by donating to there established funds,

Dios estar con usted a mi amigo.
 

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Vaya con Dios mi off-road brethren !
 

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Our family is also mourning the tragic death of Ted Hall and Arnaldo Quinones. All thou we did not know Arnie, we Thank them both for the protection they offered and the ultimate sacrifice they both paid to protect and serv all of our families and we pray for both families during this time for there great loss.

Ted ,Kathy, Randy and Steven are our neighbors and long time friends here in Oak Hills.We had the oppotunity to supply doors and windows for there house and got to know them. Our son Louis grew up playing , riding and racing with the Halls as well as attending school together with Randy & Steven. Ted & Kathy are always there as a family supported his boys beyond belief in what ever sport those chose. Ted as ALL fireman was a hands on tinkering type of guy who could make or fix anything and supporting his son's in motorcycle racing and hockey was his passion. I always took pride in his ability to make things last , where as I would go buy it , Ted would make it or fix it and it was always better then you could buy. In racing and hockey he wanted them to be the best and would coach them like a prize fighting boxer, especially strong with his wife Kathy of 27 years at his side. He gave both of his sons any free time he had, to help make them the best at what they were into at that time. Little did we all know that he was preparing his wife and boys to be strong and curageous knowing that God has a much bigger plan for him.

One time at Lake Powell boat camping with the Halls. A friend of ours got a little crazy with fireworks and was shooting them all over the place. After shooting one inside his own boat, he then lit the small hillside on fire with one accidently. I felt secure knowing Ted, being a fireman, had it way under control. As the brush started to ignite I turned to watch a real fireman in action. Nope, Ted stood there laughing in tears and it was Kathy who quickly came to the rescue with buckets of water to put it out.

Ted will be greatly missed by all who he touched in his life and will be remember long after the fires are all put out.

Please show your respects of there services by donating to there established funds,

Dios estar con usted a mi amigo.

Thank you Rick for confirming what a quality person Ted was. I knew if I posted here people would respond.

BB
 

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends in this tough time.
 

JoeyD23

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Sad to hear......wish the friends and families of these heros all the best in dealing with this tragedy....Godspeed
 

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God Speed to these two brave Hero's. As the wife of a fireman (ret), I realize the risk these brave men and women face everyday. I also know first hand the sacrafice of the families. But I'll tell you one thing, WE WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY! There is just something about a policeman or fireman, just like there's just something about a racer. Maybe that's why there are so many commonalities in the two.

To the families, we pray that one day you will find peace. To the firemen on the front lines, our prayers for your continued safe return to your families.
 

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Thought I would pass this on to those of you headed to Barstow.

Desert Dispatch 9/9/09--BARSTOW

--Aaron Flowers combined a 5-year-old's love for firefighters with the loss of his grandfather to create a project to help the families of two fallen firefighters.

Aaron, 5, started his first day of kindergarten at Skyline North Elementary School Tuesday, but he has already spent a week working on a fundraiser for the families of Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Ted Hall, of Oak Hills, and Specialist Arnaldo Quinones, of Palmdale. The pair died when their truck fell 800 feet into a canyon while they were working on the Station Fire near Los Angeles on August 30.

Aaron and his family organized a charity car wash in the parking lot of Anderson's True Value Hardware for this Saturday. The money raised will go to a charity set up by the Los Angeles County Fire Department in memory of Hall and Quinones.

"Firefighters save people's lives," Aaron said. "I thought about helping them. I wanted to raise money for their families."

Aaron's aunt, Diana Smith, said that when a memorial for the firefighters came on TV last week he saluted the screen and turned and asked his family why they didn't help the firefighters. Aaron's question led his family to put together the car wash, something they had experience with. The family held a car wash to help pay for funeral and medical expenses when Aaron's grandfather, Chester Flowers, died of cancer earlier this year.

"Aaron said he wanted to do a car wash for the firefighters like we did for grandpa," Smith said. "Since then we talked to Ace and they agreed to let us hold it there. Now we're trying to get some of the local fire departments to stop by during the day."

Aaron's dad, Chuck Flowers said the family is still looking for volunteers to help with the event. You can call Flowers at 760-590-8462 or Smith at 760-684-0994 for more information about the car wash.

Ace Hardware west of the Truck Stop Home/ Depot area on West Main St.

Our Family sends our thoughts and prayers to the Family and Friends as they attend the Memorial Service Tomorrow. Find Strength in each other and comfort in the arms of the Lord.

Stay Safe Everyone




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