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FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY DUE TO TRAUMA AT CALIFORNIA FIRE SCENE

     

Friday, February 26, 2016  We regret to pass on that the 22-year-old Southern California inmate Firefighter who was critically injured yesterday has now died in the Line of Duty after being struck by that falling boulder while working the brush fire in Malibu.Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones was part of a hand crew working in a steep ravine on Thursday when the boulder rolled down a hill.
The young Firefighter sustained major head injuries and was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition. She was later taken off life support and her organs were donated, keeping with her family's wishes.
Jones was a Los Angeles County inmate and joined the firefighting program in August 2015.
She was assigned to the Malibu Camp, which is jointly operated with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and is one of three that houses a total of 195 female firefighters.
Jones was the third inmate firefighter to die on the fire line since the program started in 1943, according to the department, which added that female inmates were incorporated in 1983.
About 3,500 inmate firefighters work to cut containment lines, stop the spread of wildfires and douse hot springs during cleanup. The inmates are housed at the department's 44 conservation camps, which are in partnership with Cal Fire. Five are jointly managed with the L.A. County Fire Department.
The Mulholland Fire, burned 10 acres and was fully contained by last night. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP