July 12, 2017

William "Bill" Jaros - Firefighter Fatality - California

Bill Jaros
Firefighter William Jaros, age 38, died in the line of duty on July 8, 2017, in Gasquet, California.

Firefighter Jaros was a member of the Forest Service for Six Rivers National Forest. He was a fire engine operator and crewmember on Engine 312 in the Gasquet District. He had 12 years of service. 

William was known as Bill to his family and friends. 

Gasquet is located about 370 miles north of San Francisco. 

In the early afternoon of July 8, 2017, Bill and other crewmembers went on a conditioning hike. These types of hikes are used as preparedness routines for firefighters. During the hike Bill felt ill and collapsed. His comrades performed life-saving measures. 

Tragically, Bill could not be revived and he passed away. 

The circumstances of Bill's death are under investigation. 
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Bill and
for those who have lost him.

Bill's firefighting comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. Bill was a valued Forest Service employee, a kind co-worker, and a beloved friend. He will be forever remembered.

Bill's loved ones are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Bill is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, Bill. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Bill is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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