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Incident Name:
Date: 6/22/1973
Personnel: Joe Gandera
Age: 30
Agency/Organization: local
Position: fire fighter

Summary: Firefighter Joe Gandera, 30, of Lamont, was trapped by the flames of a 8,500-acre brush and grass fire near Keene in Kern Co, CA. He died of asphyxiation, becoming the first man to die fighting fires in California in 1973.

 

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