Source: Valley Roadrunner

VC firefighters care for the family of a fallen hero

by Joe Basinski

November 26, 2013

The Valley Center Firefighters Association seeks help for fallen comrade’s family.

Chris Douglas, who served as a reserve firefighter in Valley Center, left our department 10 years ago to work as a firefighter for Riverside County Cal Fire. Douglas eventually got married, started a family and was promoted to the rank of Engineer. Then on July 5, he was killed on duty.

Douglas and his crew pulled over on the side of a freeway entrance near Palm Springs when tragedy struck. He was putting his gear on outside of the engine, preparing to respond to a nearby traffic collision when he was hit by a pickup truck. He was rushed to a nearby hospital by his coworkers but did not survive his injuries.

Chris is survived by his wife Amy, 2-year-old son, Sammy, and an unborn child. The holiday season is a time for families to celebrate, and this will be a difficult task this season for the Douglas family.

Valley Center Fire Department Alumni and current VC firefighters have rallied together to help the family this year. On Dec. 2, the firefighters will completely decorate the Douglas house for the holiday season. The Valley Center Firefighters

Association will also present Amy Douglas with a check to help out with groceries and gifts for the family.

However, some beneficiary money has been tied up with legal restraints preventing additional help from reaching his widow who was a stay-at-home mother.

Anyone from Valley Center who wishes to donate to the family can write a check made payable to the "Valley Center Firefighters Association" and drop them off at Station 72 on Lilac Road. All proceeds will be donated directly to the family on Dec. 2.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Douglas family this holiday season.

Joe Basinski is a member of the Valley Center Firefighters Association.