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ROSEMEAD (CBSLA.com) — A local firefighter who trained a member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died in the Arizona wildfire Sunday has spoken about the life-threatening dangers elite crew members face on the job.
L.A. County Fire Department Engineer Roy Rodriguez said this weekend’s tragedy brought back a stream of memories about the close calls he and his fellow firefighters have experienced on duty.
Rodriguez told KCAL9’s Louisa Hodge he was back at work with a heavy heart on Tuesday, remembering the 19 firefighters who lost their lives when the lightning-ignited forest fire in Yarnell became unmanageable.
Rodriguez became a member of an elite Hotshot crew in 1989.
But like the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, his team was also overrun by an out of control blaze 20 years ago in the the Glen Allen Fire in Altadena. Two of his crew…
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