by Nicole Mooradian
Benjamin “Ben” Bertrand, a Fire Department helicopter mechanic who died Oct. 8 after a short-term illness, will be remembered for his work and his sense of humor.
“He was an incredibly talented engine mechanic,” said Helicopter Maintenance Chief Dennis Blumenthal. “He was quite the comedian.”
Bertrand, 45, served as a mechanic in the Air Operations Section of the Air and Wildland Division for 11 years.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Oct. 28 at Riverside National Cemetery, located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside.
He is survived by his wife and three daughters.