Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday issued the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry Firefighter Eva Schicke, of Arnold, CA:
“Eva´s death is a tremendous loss for the California Department of Forestry not only because she was the first female firefighter to lose her life in the line of duty, but because she bravely risked her life to protect our homes and ensure our safety. In the face of danger, Eva acted with courage and commitment, giving her life for the protection of her fellow Californians. Maria and I send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones.”
Schicke, 24, died Sept. 12, when she was overrun by fire in the Tuolumne River Canyon in the Stanislaus National Forest. Six other firefighters suffered injuries. This was her fifth year as a seasonal firefighter with the CDF and her first season with helitack.
Schicke´s death is the 70th firefighter fatality in CDF history and the first female killed in the line of duty.
In honor of Schicke, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.