A memorial service will be held Friday, January 21 for a Los Angeles County firefighter who died battling a house fire in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department will host San Clemente Firefighter Jonathan Flagler’s service at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos. Flagler was among the crew members of Fire Station 83 who responded to the fire on January 6.
He was engulfed in smoke and fire while inside and issued a Mayday alert, authorities said. He succumbed to his injuries at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Flagler was a 21-year firefighting veteran, serving 19 years with the Vernon Fire Department before moving to the LA County Fire Department in October 2020. He is survived by his wife Jenny and their two sons. , Brody and Jack.
Flagler was a “devoted husband, father, uncle, friend and hero. He was a highly respected and esteemed LACoFD firefighter who truly embodied our core values of Courage, Caring, Commitment, Community, Integrity and Teamwork on and off the job,” the department said. Los Angeles County Fire in a statement. “(He) will be sorely missed by all of us – and we will never forget him.”
Since his passing, stations across the state and county have offered their condolences. A flower memorial has grown outside his train station in Rancho Palos Verdes, and a a candlelight vigil was held in San Clement.
Flagler’s family, along with Acting Fire Chief Anthony Marrone and IAFF Local 1014 President Dave Gillotte, will attend the memorial.
The service will begin at 10 a.m. at the church, 4505 Katella Avenue, but seating is limited, said LA Fire County spokesman Inspector Sean Ferguson. He was unsure of the capacity and a church spokesperson could not be reached. The service will also be broadcast live on the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Facebook page.