The L.A. County Fire Department announced that firefighter Jonathan Flagler died Thursday after fighting a residential structure fire in Rancho Palos Verdes.

A call for the fire was received around 2:49  a.m., with L.A. County FD saying Flagler was critically injured and taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

I join with the Flagler and LACoFD families in mourning the sudden passing of Fire Fighter Flagler,” said Interim Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone. “It is always a tragedy to lose one of our own in the line of duty. Fire Fighter Flagler made the ultimate sacrifice; his bravery and courage will never be forgotten.”

Flagler spent 19 years in the Vernon Fire Dept. before transferring to the L.A. County Fire Dept. in October 2020.

“Today’s loss is a remind that life is fragile,” LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said Thursday.

A procession took place from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to the coroner’s office, with firefighters saluting along the way.

The Dept. said Chief Marrone activated Memorial Management and Peer Support Teams, and further details would be given at a later time.

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