On Wednesday morning, May 8, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted the annual Firefighters’ Memorial Ceremony at Department headquarters.
This year, Fire Fighter Specialist (FFS) Robert Brantley’s name was added to the memorial wall which displays the names of other fallen firefighters who bravely gave their lives in the line of duty.
FFS Brantley faithfully served the Department for 19 years before he passed away from a long-term illness on January 5, 2018. He worked at numerous LACoFD fire stations; his last assignment was at Fire Station 10 in Carson.
“The team members on this wall made a difference in someone’s life and made an indelible impact on the Department,” said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. “When I think of them, I think of sacrifice and love which were characteristics they epitomized.”
Every year since 1988, the widows in the Family Support Group attend the event to honor their spouses. They established the memorial wall project and the nonprofit Los Angeles County Firefighters’ Memorial Committee to allow them to pay tribute to the memory of the Department’s fallen firefighters.