Tributes & Trust

Dan Geary, Firefighter-Paramedic, Battalion 1

Dan Geary is a Firefighter-Paramedic assigned to the CAL FIRE Deer Springs Fire Protection District.  Dan was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and is bravely battling the disease.

The CAL FIRE San Diego County Fire Benevolent Fund stands at the ready to provide assistance as needed to Dan.  In addition, our union officers and members are working alongside other firefighter associations to assist with fundraising efforts.

Please support this noble cause. 

On May 27, 2018 the Vista Firefighters Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Hop Highway Brew Off to benefit Dan.  Please join us, the Vista Firefighters and most importantly Dan at this event.  If you would like to donate to the fund to assist Dan with his fight, please click below

Iverson Family Support Fund

Cory Iverson is a true hero to our Southern California community. He lost his life while fighting the Thomas Fires on 12/14. He leaves behind his best friend and devoted wife and a daughter with another little girl on the way. 

Cory was an Engineer at the Dulzura Fire Station and grew up around CAL FIRE being the nephew of Fire Captain Retired Steve Thomas from Rainbow Camp.

This year Cory will be remembered on the Calfornia Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento and the National Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs.  

Cory was a true professional, a hero and is missed dearly.  Donations to the CAL FIRE San Diego County Benevolent Fund in support of the Iverson Family are tax deductible and provide much needed assistance to the family.

Mitchell Family Support Fund

Ryan Joseph Mitchell, beloved son, husband, father, friend and Fire Captain. He was loved and respected by so many.  Surfer, natural athlete, adventure seeker, Jack of all trades, master of many.  

Known as Lil Michelin man as a babe, Punkin in his youth, RJ by his sports teams, Pepper (one of the spice boyz) by the Locos Mocos crew, Noodle by his surfer family.  He excelled in all that he attempted and lived his life for each moment. Ryan had a heart full of truth, class and character established on a foundation of moral clarity.  His opinion was often counter to current culture, but he was never afraid to express it as it was founded in truth.

Captain Patrick Walker: “Ryan was not just a Firefighter, Ryan was a CalFire Captain and he was an exceptional one”.

Ryan is survived by:

Wife, Denelle, son Aiden, Jessie and faithful Blue Healer adventure hound Oso

Parents, William and Leslie Mitchell

Grandparents, Elwyn and Ann Gates, Jessie Gates

Uncles, Thomas Mitchell, Scott Dollard

Aunts, Lisa Phillips, Dana Mann, Cindy Dollard, Lynn Ann Harris

9 cousins and 12 In-law family members

Ryan knew in his early teens that he wanted to be a firefighter.  Prior to his High school graduation he began to seek volunteer opportunities at various stations as directed by various department friends of the family.  Soon after graduation from high school he attended Mira Mar College for fire science classes.  Ryan’s exemplary fifteen year carrier with CalFire, San Diego County Fire, Helitack and US Forest Service and his numerous qualifications are the hallmarks of a career dedicated to serving communities throughout the state.  He loved his job and the men and women he served with, always putting others first.  He is and will be sorely missed by so many, but we will rejoice in the time we have had to live, laugh and love with him. Please donate to the Ryan Mitchell Memorial Fund below. Thank You!

To assist and help with vital support programs please donate to our CALFIRE San Diego County Firefighter's Benevolent Fund by clicking on the donate button below. Thank You!




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