Calif. FD loses 2 firefighters in 1 week
Capt. Brian Falk died on duty Thursday, and Firefighter Aiden Agnor died as a result of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident on his way to work Monday
Duty Death: Brian Falk - [Bakersfield, California]
End of Service: 07/14/2022
By Leila Merrill
KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A Kern County Fire Department captain died on duty Thursday following the death Monday of a firefighter who was critically injured on his way to work, the department announced.
Capt. Brian Falk, 47, who was a 20-year veteran of the department, died at the age of 47, the department stated on Facebook.
A cause of death was not released.
Capt. Andrew Freeborn, a public information officer, told Bakersfield.com that Falk served as a firefighter, engineer and finally a captain. He joined the department in 2002, according to the Kern County Firefighters 1301 union.
Freeborn said Falk was known as a big-hearted person and hard worker with a “great sense of humor.” David Nelson, president of Kern County Firefighters 1301 union, described Falk as a “family-oriented person.”
KCFD personnel showed up Thursday to pay their respects during a procession.
The loss of Falk follows the death of Kern County Firefighter Aiden Agnor. He was in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work Monday and died as a result of his injuries, Bakersfield.com reported.
“Aiden was loved and respected by all who knew him and has forever impacted this department and our community for the better,” KCFD Fire Chief Aaron Duncan said in a statement.
The union identified Agnor as “a seasonal crew member assigned to our air ops program” and said his stepfather and uncle "are active members of our department."