Memorial service for firefighter and paramedic Chris Douglas of Temecula

CAL FIRE has confirmed that there will be a memorial service today, Friday, for firefighter Christopher Douglas.  Douglas died on July 5, 2013 on Interstate 10.

Watch related news:  Temecula paramedic fatally injured near Thousand Palms.

He was hit by a truck, while outside a fire engine, after responding to a crash.   The incident happened in the City of Palm Desert.

douglas71213.jpgDouglas was 41, was married and is survived by his wife, Amy, she is currently pregnant with their second child, and his 2-year-old son, Samuel.   They are pictured right during a family visit to Hawaii.

Memorial services are planned for Friday, July 12, in Murrieta.  The memorial is scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and will be held at The Bridge Church, 38801 Calistoga Drive, in Murrieta.  CAL FIRE made the announcement.

His wife wrote the following message of a website in her husband’s honor:

“To sum up what Topher meant to me and to so many others is impossible. He was a bright shining light that warmed the hearts of everybody he met. Although his time here was cut far too short and we all feel robbed of being with him longer, I find comfort knowing he embodied the adage “living life to its fullest” and that Topher enjoyed several lifetimes of experiences in his 41 years. He was an extremely passionate person-he did not like being a fireman, he loved it; he did not like cars but loved them; did not like surfing, the ocean, guitars, music, cooking but loved them; and most importantly he did not like people, he loved them. Where some might cut corners, Topher put his entire being into every endeavor. He was dedicated to self-sacrifice in the effort to love and support his family, his friends, and to help others. Thankfully, Topher is survived by a wonderful little boy that looks and acts just like his incredible father. Topher’s legacy will continue through the indelible imprint he left on all those he knew and through the lives of his son and future child.  Your fellow fireman and my guy will be missed immensely. ”
Your Loving Wife

Cards may be sent to the family in care of: Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department, c/o Douglas Family, 210 W. San Jacinto Ave., Perris, Ca., 92570.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

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