Dear Lou,

I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation to the board and staff of the California Fire Foundation on preparing for, and executing, yet another beautiful memorial ceremony. As always, the staff did an amazing job. Despite the unpredictable weather, leadership and staff looked as if everything was in-hand and unnerved by it all. 

I also what to share what an incredible honor and privilege it has been for me to read the names of our fallen during the flag presentation ceremony for the last three years. Although incredibly emotional, and an act that I wish were unnecessary, your invitation to do so is a responsibility I took quite seriously. I would be remiss if I did not specifically thank the staff at the Foundation who made sure I knew how to accurately pronounce the names of our fallen, some of which were beautifully unique. 

Once again, I thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful and solemn tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters. I am proud to say that I have attended all but one of the memorial ceremonies since its dedication 14 years ago. You will see me in the audience, or playing a drum in the pipes and drums band, for years to come. If I can be of assistance in the future, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Tracey Hansen, Past President 
California Fire Chiefs Association

Dear President Lou Paulson and all the members of the California Professional Firefighters,

On behalf of the men and women of the Ventura County Fire Department, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the assistance given to us on October 3, 2016, during the memorial service for fallen Engineer Ryan Osler. 

The cooperation and compassion demonstrated by our partners in fire, law enforcement and other public agencies is beyond comparison. Please express my heartfelt thanks to all the members of the California Professional Firefighters.

Without your assistance, this type of memorial, in Ryan’s honor, would not have been possible. Thank you for sending your resources and being a part of this lasting tribute. 


Mark Lorenzen, Fire Chief
Ventura County Fire Department