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Calif. fire captain dies by suicide at bridge

Cal Fire Captain Ryan Mitchell died at the Pine Valley Bridge shortly after his shift ended


By FireRescue1 Staff

PINE VALLEY, Calif. — A firefighter died by suicide Sunday shortly after his shift.

East County Magazine reported that Cal Fire crews responded to the call when Captain Ryan Mitchell died by suicide at the Pine Valley Bridge, one of the highest bridges in the United States, shortly after his shift.

“It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I notify you of the passing of Fire Captain Ryan Mitchell from Station 20. Ryan took his own life this morning at the Pine Valley Bridge shortly after completing his shift,” Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham said on Facebook. “Throughout the day we have placed many personnel off duty and will continue to focus on our staff in addition to the needs of the family.”

Chief Mecham urged Cal Fire employees to “do everything we can to help those in need or going through difficult times.”

 

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