Two veteran firefighters who died trying to save the lives of dozens trapped in the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history were remembered as heroes Saturday in a memorial service at Dodger Stadium attended by Vice President Joe Biden and others.
Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall and firefighter specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones were killed Aug. 30 when their truck plunged off a mountain road. They were trying to find an escape route for inmate-firefighters whose camp had become overrun by flames.
“Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones, you are giants in my eyes and in the eyes of all Californians,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said.
The often emotional service took place just a few miles south of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains, where Hall and Quinones lost their lives and where other firefighters are still battling to contain the wildfire.
The fire has destroyed more than 80 homes. It is 84 percent contained and is expected to be fully contained Tuesday.