Firefighter fatality after training hike

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The U.S. Fire Administration received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Yaroslav Katkov

CAL FIRE, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

On Sunday, July 28, 2019 Firefighter Katkov was on a training hike with his crew in San Diego County. During the hike he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately flown to Temecula Valley Hospital in Riverside County where he passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019.

Age: 29
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Part-Time
Years of Service: 1


Our sincere condolences go out to Yaroslav’s family, friends, and co-workers.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.