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Incident Name:
Date: 6/8/1984
Personnel: David Gardella
Age: 34
Agency/Organization:  Jackson Fire Department, Jackson, CA working with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) now CAL FIRE, Amador, ElDorado Ranger Unit
Position: firefighter

Summary: On June 8, 1984, David Gardella was operating with a backpack extinguisher on a grass fire near Jackson CA when he stepped on a powerline. He died of electrocution.

 

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Jackson, CA (SE of Sacramento in the foothills; east of Camanche Lake @ Ione, CA)
38.347794,-120.774718
Hwy 49 x Hwy 88

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  • listed on the NWCG Wildland Fire Fatalities by Year 1910-2011

    State - California

    Location - Jackson

    Accident - Electrocution

    1 fatality

  • California Death Index: David Gardella

 

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  • USFA Memorial Database: David Gardella
  • Honored on the California fallen firefighters wall in Sacramento. California Memorial LODDs by Wall Order. (84 K pdf) --see page 17
  • David Guardella is also honored on the USFA National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, MD. Look for his name under California.
David Gardella under California David Gardella under California

 

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