March 5, 2015. It is with profound sadness that the Santa Barbara City Fire Department announces the untimely passing of Firefighter Daniel Corrigan. Daniel was found in his private vehicle at Fire Station 8 at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport on Wednesday March 4th at approximately 3:00PM.
Firefighter Corrigan had come to the station to conduct some business when he was apparently stricken with an unknown medical emergency. Fellow on-duty firefighters found Firefighter Corrigan and immediately summoned assistance. It was soon evident that Daniel was deceased and Santa Barbara City Police and County Sheriffs were called to the scene. There was no evidence of foul play. Autopsy results are pending.
Daniel was raised in Hayward California and graduated from California Polytechnic University Pomona, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter, and was hired by the Fresno Fire Department in 2007. He was subsequently hired by the Santa Barbara City Fire Department in April of 2013.
Firefighter Corrigan’s accomplishments and expertise in his field are too vast to list here. Daniel had a bright future ahead of him in a profession he loved.
Daniel Corrigan was 35 years old. He and his fiancée, Sarah Starr, were the parents of a 1 ½ year old son, Jack. A second child is expected later this spring. Daniel is survived by his parents, Anne and John Corrigan, and two sisters, Rosanne Benning and Debora Carlson. His father John is retired from the Alameda County Fire Department.
Daniel was extremely devoted to Sarah, and a dedicated father, friend and colleague. He was talented, intelligent, kind and possessed a tremendous sense of humor. His passing will be felt deeply by all who knew him.
Services are pending. Please address any messages of condolence to the Corrigan Family, c/o Santa Barbara City Fire Department, 925 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101.
Pat McElroy, Fire Chief
Firefighter Steve Masto
On August 27, 1999 the Santa Barbara City Firefighters suffered their greatest loss. Stephen Joseph Masto died while fighting the Camuesa fire in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire that burned 180 acres was brought under control the next day. Not a particularly exciting fire. Not at all worth a life.
Steve was assigned as a line medical provider and died of apparent heat stroke while scaling a deep ravine. It was his first wildland fire with Santa Barbara City Fire.
Steve had joined the fire department earlier that year and had quickly won over the hearts of even the most stoic firefighters. His infectious smile, great attitude, general love of the job and life were evident each day. His road to the City had been long and he had brought a great deal of experience to us.
I took an immediate liking to Steve. We had worked together a lot at station 2. He had quickly learned the job and was well on his way to a successful career. Unfortunately things went dreadfully wrong that day and his career was cut short. I just wish we could have changed things.
It was a series of mistakes, one cannot be singled out. But, the mistakes compounded and he paid the ultimate price. We had sent him to the fire and he did not return. Many of us still have guilt about the way it occurred. Many of us still feel responsible. I guess that is human nature. All of us wish we could go back to that day to just change one thing. But we cannot and we live with that each day.
His picture hangs above the door to the apparatus bay at station 5, a gentle reminder for all of us to be careful. His badge number is affixed to helmets, uniforms, turnouts, gear lockers and badges. People have pictures, his business card and other reminders in their clothes lockers. He is still here at SBFD. We are doing our best to keep him alive in our hearts.
A special award is given to firefighters for valor. The Stephen J. Masto Valor Award is given to firefighters when someone goes beyond the call of duty. The award is in the main hallway at Station 1. To our firefighters, his name stands for bravery and dedication. However, he is sorely missed.
We miss Steve. We miss Lisa. We miss the Masto Family. We hope they are doing well.
On Wednesday, January 30, we lost a beloved father, son, brother and friend. Michael Johannes Schuit was born on December 19, 1952 in British Columbia, Canada. His family moved to California, Simi Valley area, when he was six years old, then settled in Carpinteria a few years later. Mike graduated from Carpinteria High School, served four years in the United States Air Force as a Firefighter and was honorably dis- charged.
He began his professional career as a Firefighter with the City of Santa Barbara in September 1977 rising to the rank of Truck Engineer in 1990. During Michael's career he instructed in numerous fire academies, department wide USAR classes, and was a shift driving instructor. He also participated in promotional exams and training and safety committees. Throughout his career, Mike responded to numerous emergencies, some of which include the Sycamore Canyon, Chrysler Plymouth, Stearns Wharf, Southern Hotel, Bob's Canvas, Paint, Tea, and Jesusita Fires. It was no surprise that in 1987, Mike earned the distinction of Firefighter of the Year.
Although Michael loved his life as a Firefighter, he was equally as passionate about his art. In his spare time, it seemed he was always creating something new from portraits to graphic design to cartoons. In fact, Michael bestowed a treasure to the Fire Department with his artwork and drawings of his fellow firefighters. A gallery of his work was established and many of his portraits now line the upstairs walls of Station One. It is a priceless historical record of his friends.
Mike was a devoted father and the biggest fan of his son, Christopher. They were a great team and great friends. Michael also watched out for his father - especially in the wake of his mother's death - and was always the special (and only) brother to his proud sisters. Words cannot begin to express the void his passing has left in our family. We will always miss his laughter, sense of humor, companionship, and the constant comfort his mere presence brought to all of us.
Michael is survived by his son Christopher, father Joe, sisters Linda (husband Frank), Debra (husband Eddie) and Lori, numerous nieces and nephews, Frank, Alex, Mia, Veronica, Melissa and Jason, plus several grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Dolores Schuit.
He is also survived by his "second family," the men and women of the Santa Barbara Fire Department, in particular the company of Station One. Truly, he was proud to serve with all of them.
Michael was taken from us much too soon but will live on in the hearts and minds of those of us privileged to know him. A celebration of his life is planned in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Fire Department.
62, of Goleta, California, passed away, on January 3rd 2013. He was born in Blythe, California, on June, 24, 1950 to Edward and Lilly Mae Casarez. Joe as known by his friends and family graduated from Lompoc High School in 1968, shortly after he enlisted and honorably served in the US Army from Sept. 8, 1970 until March 29, 1972. He became part of the 101st Airborne Division. During his tour in Vietnam he received a National Defense Medal; a Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Combat Infantry Badge; Air Medal; Expert (M-60); Expert (Pistol .45 cal); Sharpshooter (Rifle M-16) He was a helicopter tail gunner and he served in Recon.
After serving in the military Joe joined the Santa Barbara City Fire Department. Joe was proud of his occupation as a fire fighter where he worked hard for 25 years and retired as a Fire Captain. Joe was a baseball, soccer and basketball coach for Dos Pueblos Little League and Goleta Boys Club for about 5 years. He is remembered as a hero, an outstanding family man, and an all-around great guy.
Joe was preceded in death by his father Edward Casarez, mother Lilly Mae Casarez and younger brother Manuel Casarez.
Joe is survived by his lovely and strong wife of 35 years Martha, his children Ares, Jesus and Bella Casarez, his grandchildren Benito, Angel, and Selena Casarez, and his great granddaughter Emiliana Casarez; as well as his two brothers: Edward Casarez (Ramona) and Patrick Casarez (Julie); his three sisters: Rose Casarez Roetman, Angie Estrada (Cornelius) and Ernestine Davis and their families.
WICKMAN, Richard G
Swede Wickman, 91, left this world for a much better place on November 8, 2008 after a long illness. He died at home with his wife and children at his side. He was born January 10, 1917 in Seattle, Washington the only child of Bessie and Oscar Wickman. He came to Santa Barbara as a young man. In 1936 he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp at Los Prietos where he met a young lady, Jayne Kelsey who was vacationing nearby. He left Santa Barbara and went to South America with his mother and father to work in Columbia. He returned to Santa Barbara in 1940 where fate would have it during Fiesta time, he accidentally met Jayne again. They were married in June 1941 and moved to Utah, where Swede was Company Commander of CCC young men. A war came along and Swede now an Army Officer, and Jayne moved to Florida where their first child, Sharynn was born. From there Swede went to China for a tour of duty in the C.B.I. (China- Burma-India) theatre of war. He returned home in 1946 and joined the Santa Barbara City Fire Department. He held several positions on the Department, becoming Fire Chief in 1970. He retired from the Department in 1975. He and Jayne had two more children James in 1950 and Richard in 1954.
Swede loved Alaska so their travels took them there several times. They also enjoyed trips to Mexico and Spain but enjoyed traveling the United States the most.
Swede was 91 years old when he passed away. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jayne, children Sharynn Drake, James Wickman and Richard Wickman. Son-in-law Sherman Drake, Daughter-in-law Dee Dee Wickman, his grandchildren, Tony (Susannah) Maccianti, Tom (Cindy) Maccianti, Cara Maccianti, Brian Wickman, Michelle Wickman and great grandson Parker Maccianti.
Our love and thanks to Swede's wonderful caregivers, Gladys, Jesus, Aurora, Olivia, Remy, Juan, Martha, Miguel, to Dr. William Koonce, and to all of the wonderful staff of Cottage Hospital who showed their loving care for Dad each time that he was admitted to Cottage Hospital.
Swede was a life long member of Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613. He was also a volunteer at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dad also built, from the ground up, the house that he and Jayne have lived in for the last 55 years.
80, of Santa Barbara passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2008, after a lengthy illness. Born on December 28, 1927 in San Diego, CA, Barney was a resident of Santa Barbara for 68 years. Being from a boating family, as a young boy, he was already an avid and capable sailor. Always searching for adventure, Barney worked at the Gherini Ranch on Santa Cruz Island during spring and summer high school breaks.
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