Los Angeles Firefighter Killed in the Line of Duty

Sunday, March 30, 2008 |

It is with great sadness that the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department share word that a City of Los Angeles Firefighter has died in the line of duty.

Photos and Slideshow of the Incident and Memorial Services

Updated Overview...

On Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 1:57 PM Los Angeles Firefighters were summoned to investigate a "smell of smoke" inside an office supply store at 8540 South Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westchester area of Los Angeles - not far from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

LAFD Engine 5 arrived at 2:03 pm and reported an underground electrical vault explosion in front of the location, and that they would handle the situation.

At 2:16 PM, Engine 5 reported a second underground electrical vault explosion and requested additional Fire Department resources for the new incident at 8800 South Sepulveda Boulevard.

At 2:23 pm, Los Angeles Fire Department dispatchers received a telephone call reporting a structure fire at the site of the second explosion.

Engine 5, already on scene at the 8800 South Sepulveda Boulevard location, initially reported no evidence of fire. One minute later, they reported fire in a locked room, and to keep all resources responding.

Engine 95 arrived soon thereafter to investigate the source of the smoke in the locked room, an approximately 7 foot wide by 4 foot deep electrical/storage closet on the southeast, first floor corner of the two story structure.

The crew of Engine 95 sought to access the locked room - which contained electric utility meters for the building, when a severe explosion occurred, causing injury to two Firefighters and one civilian.

LAFD Firefighter Brent Lovrien
Firefighter Brent A. Lovrien, age 35, a 10 year veteran of the LAFD assigned to the 'A' Platoon at Fire Station 95 since October 2005, died shortly after arrival at the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, Marina Campus.

LAFD Engineer Anthony Guzman
Engineer Anthony J. Guzman, age 48, an 18 year veteran of the LAFD assigned to the 'A' Platoon at Fire Station 95 since February 2002, suffered multiple fractures and facial trauma. He was transported to the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood in serious but stable condition. Following surgery and post-operative care, Engineer Guzman was released from the hospital on March 30, 2008.

The civilian was assessed at the scene and released.

As dictated by Fire Department policy, a formal and detailed multi-agency investigation sought to determine the exact nature of the explosion, as well as the precise cause and manner of Firefighter Lovrien's death.

The following is a statement by Battalion Chief John Miller, Commanding Officer of the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section:

"Based on our investigation, which included physical examination, numerous interviews, and the collection of physical evidence, has determined that the explosion at 8800 S. Sepulveda was the result of a fire that originated in the electrical vault located at the intersection of Sepulveda and La Tijera.

Various witnesses reported smelling odors as early as 10:00 am. It is our opinion that the fire was a result of a ground fault in an electrical conduit that was feed out of the underground vault. This ground fault resulted in a fire within the vault, which pressurized the vault with unburned products of combustion. This material, traveled through the conduit transmission corridors, approximately 250 feet that caused the initial explosion at the underground electrical vault located in front of Staples. Witnesses report the access cover of the vault traveling upwards of 20 feet in the air.

The resulting pressure from this explosion causes smoke to travel back down the corridors to the electrical vault at Sepulveda and La Tijera. During this time, smoke is traveling in all directions and follows the underground electrical conduit to the electrical room at 8800 Sepulveda. This combustible smoke accumulated in the confined area of the electrical room. When Firefighter Lovrien attempted entry into the room, a spark was generated when the composite blade of the rotary saw struck the locking mechanism of the door.

There was no evidence of any fire, electrical problem, natural gas leak or incendiary devices found in the room. Investigators have concluded that unburned combustible gases, from a fire in the electrical vault located in the street at the front of the building, accumulated in the electrical room. These products of combustion reached its explosive limit and was ignited by a spark from the forcible entry attempts."

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department remain deeply appreciative of the kindness and support of so many, and for the patience of Westchester residents and LAX travelers inconvenienced by our response and investigation.

Those wishing to offer an on-line note of condolence, are encouraged to post their sentiments here.

On December 14, 2009 the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released their report on the death of Firefigher Brent Lovrien.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

May your brother rest in peace.

My prayers go out to the entire LAFD family.

And may all of you take comfort in knowing his actions today saved many lives and he did not die in vain.

I applaud all the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department for their courage and dedication day in and day out.

-A thankful citizen of the city of Los Angeles

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry :-( I just wanted to thank everyone who helped today in Westchester. The feeling of safety you provide means so much.

Anonymous said...

The men of Box 15 (Columbus, Ohio) would like to share our sympathy for your departments loss.

Thank you for your courage at this time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

I am saddened by your loss, and humbled by the courage of every member of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
May God bless you all and bring you peace.

Julia said...

I am so sorry to hear this news and my heart goes out to every one in the fallen hero's family and circle of friends and fellow firefighters. Sad day.

Anonymous said...

Our prayers to the LAFD family in this time of lost.

Red Spot at Mayor Sam Sister City

We have posted a link to this site for our readers to offer their respects.

:: jozjozjoz :: said...

Thank you to the LAFD for making our city a safer place to life.

My deepest condolences regarding the loss of one of our city's heroes.

GFD said...

We are devastated by the loss of one of our firefighter brothers. Our prayers are with you and his family.

Know that we are here for you...

Capt. Cody Smith
Glendale Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Thanks for providing this blog as a way for the community and LAFD to be closer. My respects the the immediate family and the LAFD family.

Anonymous said...

An angel got his wings. And we will all hold our heads up knowing he will be just fine!!

Anonymous said...

Another Firefighter has reported for duty in Heaven.

Thank God for their duty, dedication and valor while rising above the petty things they have to put up with just to do they sworn duty with all the dangers involved.

We salute you for going where most of us can't go.

May God have mery on his soul.

Jerry O'Brien

J.G. Fleischmann said...

The women and men of the Center Moriches, Long Island, New York Fire Department offer our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters of the LAFD for your incredible loss today.

(Rev.) John G. Fleischmann, FF/Paramedic

The Unsomnambulist said...

Very sad news. My thoughts are with you guys.

Thomas said...

My deepest condolences for the family and fellow members of the LAFD of the Firefighter who died today. My prays are also with the family of the injured Firefighter and his family.

Brett Hill said...

God Bless the men and women of the great Los Angeles Fire Department. I feel your loss as if it was my own. My prayers are with each of you though yet another difficult time.


Brett Hill- Retired South Pasadena Firefighters Local 3657 President

Anonymous said...

We lost a brother today, we are all devasted and will keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for a full recovery of the injured firefighter and will pray for him and his family as well.

Jose Diaz, Firefighter
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Co 22 (Springfield)

Anonymous said...

Please accept my condolences for the family and for your department. It is always a sad time when we loose another brother. The family and the LAFD will be in our prayers. Also know, We are praying for our other brother who was injured. God Speed....

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad! My thoughts and prayers are with the families and all of LA's fire fighters!!

Mike said...

Lost of one who gave all is found in the memory of the hearts of those who loved him. May that memory live on to find the peace that is in your heart.

Chaplain Mike Huff
Pleasureville Fire & Rescue
KY River Fire & Rescue
Pleasureville, Kentucky

redwing said...

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for those affected in this incident especially the family of the firefighter and to the brothers and sisters of the LAFD. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I have never been to L.A. but the sense of security I have heard that the Fire Department and the rest of the Emergency Services in LA give, is outstanding.

Once again, my thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

I would like to end with the firefighters prayer.

"When I am called to duty, God
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age,
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate
Enable me to be alert and
Hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
To put the fire out
I want to fill my calling and
To give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and
Protect his property
And if according to my fate
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your
protecting hand
My children and my wife."

G.H. Lang said...

My most heart felt sympathies go out to the entire LAFD family and to the family of this Brave Soul.

I hate to hear that we have lost yet ANOTHER brother in the fire service. We just laid to rest two of our own here in North Carolina in the last couple weeks.

Please accept the deepest sympathies from us at Station 55 Franklin Township VFD Rowan County North Carolina.

G. H. Lang
Franklin 5566

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with the department and the families of the killed and injured firefighters. I know many LAFD members and also I know someone from 95 so I wish you all well. May God be with you during your shifts and may you all be safely able to return home.

Anonymous said...

From one firefighter to another, my heart is heavy to know of the death of a brother. I am so sorry to hear of the loss. On behalf of the Wolverine Fire Department I would like to off our deepest condolences to the LAFD for the loss.

Rory Mushlin
Wolverine Volunteer Fire Department
Wolverine, MI

Chris H. said...

I'm saddened to hear of the loss of another one of LA's heros. My thoughts go out to his family as well as his extended LAFD family. He made the ultimate sacrifice, doing what he loved and what he does best. He will be missed. May he rest in piece.

Dennis said...

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is hard enough to go to work each day with the possibility of death looming over us. It is something we don't really speak of. It is even worse when the unthinkable happens. It truly shows how unnatural death is, and that it is truly an enemy. I, as well as the rest of the fire service family, mourn the loss of one of our family members. The Los Angeles Fire Department supported us when we lost one of our own. I can only hope that we return the favor. It's a shame that we have to come together at times like this. Again my deepest sympathies to you all.

Respectfully submitted,

Dennis Lollie
Fire Captain
Santa Clara County Fire Department
Los Gatos, CA

Anonymous said...

Your loss is felt by your fire service brothers and sisters. May you and yours find comfort in this time of great sadness, not for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, but for the citizens of Los Angeles who have lost one of their heroes. God Speed.

Chris Phillips
Engineer / Paramedic
Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers go out to your entire department on your loss. We in northern Illinois are thinking of all of you at this terrible time.

Anonymous said...

May God Bless and comfort you all in this loss of one of our own brothers.
There is no greater sacrifice.
Louise S.
Ret. Santa Ana Firefighter

Anonymous said...

My condolences to the LAFD organization and the Los Angeles Community for your loss.

Jack Owen, Jr.
Battalion Chief - Retired
Santa Maria, CA Fire Dept.

Bob Witherspoon said...

Rock on brother. All us firemen love and respect you. May your family be at peace. Fireman Spoon

Mark said...

On behalf of the City of Folsom Firefighters, our thoughts and prayers are with the LAFD and the family of our brother that made the ultimate sacrifice. We hope your injuried firefighter has a fast and full recovery. Stay strong 95

Mark Carr
City of Folsom FD

Anonymous said...

Brent, we love you. I know you are resting safely in the arms of the Lord tonight and I can find comfort in knowing that. You will be greatly missed brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and fellow firefighters.

Ed Padgett said...

From the men and women at the Los Angeles Times Pressroom, our heartfelt sympathy to the Los Angeles Fire Department and the families of the killed and injured firefighters.

You’re in our prayers and thoughts.

Patrick M said...

Rest my friend.
You have watched over us for so long, now it is out turn to watch over you.

Anonymous said...

I live in Westchester and pass Station 95 every day. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of LAFD and especially the families of both fire fighters in this sad time. Thank you for all you do and the risks you take.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. With our hearts sorrowed and badges shrouded, we honor our brother Firefighter Lovrien who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Your brothers and sisters in Riverside County will pray for Engineer Guzman for a speedy recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the LAFD.

Steven Rahn
Firefighter Paramedic
Riverside County Fire Dept/Cal Fire

Anonymous said...

On Behalf of LAPD Hollywood Division, our thoughts and prayers to every member of the LAFD...

sandy Heckt said...

Patricia Ann and Shenan Lovrien.

Words fail me, Brent was an awesome man and I know he died as he lived A Hero..May God hold Brent tonight in his arms and give his Mother, Patricia A Lovrien and Brother Shenan the strenght to get threw this most sad of times,I love You Brent..I could never know that you would go to work today and give your life...May God comfort Patricia, who gave her son today in the line of duty..Patricia and Shenan and Glen,It is true..The good die Young. Sandy Heckt

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your tragic loss, rest in peace brother. My prayers are with the brave firefighters and paramedics and EMTs of the LAFD. I have a lot of respect for all of you.


Gigi Graciette said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Firefighter Lovrien's family, friends and fellow firefighters.

Another hero has fallen and it is a sad day in Los Angeles.

Gigi Graciette
Reporter, FOX 11 News

Anonymous said...

brent was my cousin, i've known him my whole life, i still can't believe that he's gone. Aunt pat and shenan, my heart goes out to you and to the rest of our family.

Anonymous said...

With a heavy heart I offer my deepest condolences to the entire Los Angeles City Fire Department and the family and friends of the brave, selfless firefighter that offered his life in order for mine to be safer. I am praying for a swift and full recovery to the injured firefighter.

The mother of an LAFD Firefighter

Anonymous said...

I was sorry to learn of the loss of another fire service brother. May god bless and watch over Brent. May his family get some comfort from this outpouring of support. I pray for Andy with the hope of a speedy and complete recovery of his injuries.

Lt. William Atkinson
Nashua Fire Rescue
Nashua, NH

Anonymous said...

Dear Fellow brothers and sisters of the fire service.

I would like to send my deepest sympathies for your loss. I myself was recently involved in a building explosion on FEB 22 2008 while fighting a fire in downtown Durango, CO. I have yet to return to work due to injuries. My families prayers are with the entire department and there families.

Durango Fire and Rescue Authority
Durango, CO

Anonymous said...

God Bless You Shenan Dean, Patricia, Glenn, Cheri and "Pops".
Love, Matt, Nancy & Kiley Boyden

Anonymous said...

The employees of Impulse Ambulance share your loss and our prayers go out to the Firefighters familes and to all of the men and women of your department.

T Gooch said...

To our brothers and sisters in the LAFD, please accept the deepest condolences and sympathies on the this dark day from the Manteca City Firefighters. We are sorry for your tragic loss. Actually it's "our" tragic loss as well, we all lost a brother yesterday. May God grant station 95 strength and courage and give Engineer Guzman a swift recovery. GOD BLESS THE LAFD.

Engineer Travis Gooch
Manteca City Fire Department
Local 1874

Anonymous said...

We are all in shock. Brent was a people person who made everybody smile. He loved to make people laugh and would give you the shirt off of his back. The world was a better place with him in it and he will never be forgotten.

Anonymous said...

im sorry for your loss for i have to lost a brother on august 3 2007 he was killed in a house fire in duty of saving others, my heart goes out to yall. im so proud to have heros in my life

Anonymous said...

Rest Easy Brother....

East Coast FF/PM

Anonymous said...

Brent was a Friend and Customer. We were devastated to here about this tragedy and extend our condolences to his family and girlfriend Sandy. May the lord be with you and help Brents dearest ones get through this.

Anonymous said...

At a time in Los Angeles when we're struggling to find heroes to look up to, we lose one of the most heroic. My heartfelt condolences to Brent's family at home and at LAFD.


Josie C said...


as I sit here trying to keep my composure long enough to type this.....all of the memories I have of you come flooding back. I will never forget our family reunion.....I love you so much and you truly were the one cousin I could turn to for anything. Thank you for talking me into staying longer for the family reunion a few years back as I will always cherish that extra day with you! Our entire family will forever keep you in our hearts. Remember what you told me....IT IS WHAT IT IS!

Go with God until we meet again!

Aunt Patty and Shenan I love you and our entire family cannot express how absolutely devastated we all are!

Anonymous said...

God bless him and his family during this difficult time. I appreciate his hard work and bravery.

Anonymous said...

Ive known Brent all my life. He and I spent a lot of time together growing up. In recent years we hadnt stayed in contact which remineds me of just how percious friends are. I will very much feel a loss in my heart. Pat and Shenan hold strong.

Anonymous said...

God help the fallen firefighters family to be safe and through this tragical death to grow closer to you and that they will be able to find the positive in a situation that seems like there is nothing, but negative.

God please help the firefighter at UCLA Medical Center to be able to get better and all the fracture and broken bones to heal as fast as posible and that his family will be not have to experence something like this again.

From a 12 year old Son of a close friend of both of the firefighters.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Brent, and my deepest condolences for his family and my brothers and sisters of LAFD/Local 112.

I had the privilege of working with Brent for a couple years prior to him joining the LAFD, and he was an outstanding person and a very good firefighter.

Mark Garcie
Captain, CALFire
IAFF Local 2881

Anonymous said...

From a relocated Angelino and Federal Firefighter in Florida, I pass on my most sincere condolences to my fellow brothers and sisters for their loss. You are all in my families' prayers. Stay safe and God bless.

Greg Snyder
Fire and Emergency Svcs Gulf Coast

Anonymous said...

To Brent's family and fellow firefighters ~ Your sacrifice is immense and felt deeply by many. I never take for granted the selflessness and bravery it takes to be a firefighter protecting our communities. Thank You. May the joyous memories of Brent help fill the void in your hearts.

My thoughts are with Engineer Guzman and his family as well.

With deepest condolences,
Corona, CA

Anonymous said...

Brent is already deeply missed. He touched everyone he met. He was not only a great man and a hero, but he was a true friend. We all miss you in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Your wonderful memory will live on forever. God Bless.
Mike and Sayrs Morris -Arizona

Anonymous said...

It was heartbreaking to learn about Brent's death, I still cannot take it in. He was such a wonderful, kind, giving person and a friend to all. I will always cherish the memoires of our friendship, and have been blessed to have had him in my life.

My prayers are with his family, My God Bless you all

The Gordon family said...

To the family of Brent...We are so very sorry for your loss. We too miss him very much. We knew Brent before he became a Firefighter. He was a great person and we are glad to say we got to know him and have him in our life. Let us know if there is anything we can do.
To the LAFD family...Our prayers are with all of you in your loss of a brother. Be safe and know you all are appriciated and respected for what you do.
Brent...we miss you so much and wish we could have had just one more time to talk to you or to hug you. We love you.
God will take care of you now.

Anonymous said...

Brent was loved and admired by all at LAC+USC Department of Emergency Medicine. We are deeply saddened.

May God rest Brent's soul and bless his family, friends, and the men and women of the LAFD.

LAFD: Thank you for risking your lives everyday to protect us.

Prayers to Engineer Guzman for recovery and prayers to his family and friends in support.

My prayers go out to all of you. God bless.

LAC-USC Department of Emergency Medicine

Austin said...

May god rest Brent's soul. This is news that nobody ever wants to hear, whether we knew him or not. I just hope that the men and women at 95's will find solace in the fact that he made the ultimate sacrifice doing what was his true calling; doing that which he loved. Brent and his family, both at home at at 95's are in my thoughts and prayers.

May god bless the family of Firefighter Brent Lovrien and a speedy recovery to Engineer Guzman.

Hermosa Beach, CA

Valarie said...

May God bless and keep his family in the comfort of his arms at this most difficult time.

May God do the same for his brothers and sisters of the LAFD.

I have walked the road before you now and will keep you all in thoughts and prayers.

Valarie Ziminsky,NREMT-P
UMH-MICU, New Jersey
Cousin of Christy L. Hamilton, LAPD, LODD 2/22/1994

Nash (no other name required) said...

To the personal AND professional Family of Brent, my deepest sympathies and condolences. My fellow firefighters and I support LAFD wholly. As soon as there is info, please post details about the memorial service as we'd like to be able to attend and pay our respects to a fallen brother.

Justin Nash
PGS Fire Department, Boeing-Anaheim

ALEX said...

A fellow brother has fallen, only to rise as a hero. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families to my fellow brothers and to engineer Guzman, a speedy recovery.
Class 03-02

Alex Zepeda, Firefighter
Chevron Fire Department ,
El Segundo Ca

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Brent's family. I wish he was here for me to tell him how much I appreciate him, how he helped me through a very difficult time and how I feel he is exactly what a man should be. I love you Brent!

Anonymous said...

Brent was a great friend. Always generous and willing to go out of his way for others. I will miss our weekends on the river and our conversations about life. I consider my self honored to have known him and am thankful to him for his kindness when I lost my mother. I will have his father, mother, and brother in my prayers as well as his extended family at LAFD.

Engineer Rich Williams
Lake Havasu City Fire

Carrie Konjoyan said...

May God Bless and keep the LAFD at this sad time and protect all first responders as they risk their lives daily. And to all who mourn may you be comforted. All of you give the most unselfish gift every moment, we shall never forget your gift.

Carrie Konjoyan
9/11 Memorial Coordinator
LAFD Fire Station 88
Sherman Oaks, CA.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire LAFD family.

Thank you for your commitment to the City of Los Angeles Firefighter Lovrien. Rest in peace brother!

Ashley said...

Dear LAFD:

I am sorry to hear about the death of FF Brent Lovrien.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all and his family.

Springdale, Arkansas
LAFD Fire Buff

Shawn McDonald said...

    My condolences to the Lovrien family and the Los Angeles Fire Department on the Line of Duty Death of FireFighter Brent Lovrien. I have created a permanent memorial for Brent on my website. It can be viewed here.

    If there is any additional information or photos you would like added to this memorial, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Stay Safe
Shawn McDonald

CRDLink said...

On behalf of my entire family, I'm giving my deepest condolences to the family of our brother who fall in a line of duty. As a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department I'm feeling sad because we lost one of ours, but by faith I know he is now with God.

Ricardo Cobar
Volunteer Unit Member

Anonymous said...

We are the proud parents of a Los Angeles City Firefighter. We send our deepest "Aloha menemene." to the professional and personal families of Brent. May God bring you comfort, peace, and hope in this time of sadness.
David & Natalie

Anonymous said...

My sincere sympathy to the family and fire family of this fallen hero.
My late husband worked at stations 5, 95, and 80. I will never forget the support I received when he died.
God bless you, dear friends.

Anonymous said...

My heart and thoughts are with the family. He will be remembered as a hero.

Marsha said...

Brent knew how to light up a room! what a beautiful smile! He lived life to the fullest, and did not waste even a moment of it. Brent was a great man. He loved greatly and was greatly loved. His caring, kindness and compassion will live on forever in our hearts as will his laughter and joy! God continue to bless you one and all.

m.kahn said...

My condolences to Firefighter Lovrien's family and the entire LAFD family.

A speedy recover to Engineer Guzman and the injured civilian.

Stay safe!

Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

To Brent's family,

I went to school with Brent at Whittier Christian Academy and at Whittier Christian High School. I never knew I was going to school with a real life hero. My deepest condolences.

~Julio Sanchez

craftygirl said...

Our thoughts and prayers go to all the firefighters and their families. We cannot thank these brave men and women enough for the risks they take for us every day.
May God Bless each and everyone.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for protecting Westchester, my home. I only wish that it didn't come at so high a price. You and your family are in my thoughts. Thank you for your bravery.

visionsinfurnitureinc@yahoo.com said...

My deepest condolences to all of Brent family and friends in the dept.I am saddened and shocked to hear that in the news.
Brent was the finnest and freindly customer i had.
steve makkawi
visions in furniture
la mirada

Anonymous said...

Patricia and Family,

We cannot find the words to express the deep sorrow we felt when we heard about the loss of your brave young man. And there are no words that we can say that would be sufficient enough to provide comfort through such a difficult time. But please know, we grieve for you and with you, in our hearts. With all our love..

Dennis & Becky Mendoza

Anonymous said...

Our heartfelt prayers go out to the families (both personal and professional) of Brent Lovrien. There are no words that can sufficiently express how deeply saddened we are to have lost one of our own. May God bless all of you; may His comfort heal your broken hearts and bring you joy at the remembrance of this young man, who gave his life in service to others and whom God has chosen to bring home to Him. Jhn 15:13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. God bless, Family of a firefighter

Anonymous said...

On behalf of all the members, we offer our deepest condolences and prayers.

Boston Fire Department
Engine 52 and Ladder 29
Blue Hill Ave

Anonymous said...

With heartfelt condolences to the LAFD Fire and Brother Brent's Families and continued prayers for the full and speedy recovery of Engineer Anthony Guzman.

Our hearts are deeply saddened by this tragic accident.

Jim Perry, Capt. II
LAFD Retired

steve and pat said...

Our prayers are with all the Lovrien Family.
For me the Lov in Lovrien stands for Love, they have shared this love with my wife and me for the past 16 years, and now they need ours.
I will miss Brent very much whenever he was around you would know it; He would add excitement to the room.
I feel very blessed to have known him.
We love you all.

Anonymous said...

Your love of life shined
brilliantly through your eyes.Now you are bright among the stars and will forever blaze in our hearts. May we all live and love to the fullest as you did.You have touched many, many lifes and will be greatly missed.

To your family- what words can soothe this void in your heart.My deepest sympathies to you.

To station 95- I am so sorry for the loss of your fallen brother. Brent loved being a FireFighter and gave the ultimate sacrifice. May Engineer Guzmans recovery be speedy to get him back home to his family.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.We are all the better for knowing him.You are missed my friend.

Anonymous said...

Another hero has been taken from us. Another brother has sacrificed for others. We thank you for your service, and honor your memory.

East Grayson County
Volunteer Fire-Rescue

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the men & women of the Roberts Park (Illinois) Fire Dept, our deepest sympathies to the Lovrien family and the members of the LAFD. God Bless.

Glena Hartsell-O'Neill said...

Brent, when I heard the news of your death I was devastated. Growing up with you and Shenan was very special to me, I love you like a Brother,as kids we always had fun,I will never forget the good times with you and Shenan and Auntie Pat..Rest in peace,I will always love and miss you.Your partner in crime
Glena Hartsell-O'neill

Anonymous said...

Condolences and prayers from NEMSA Members of Tulare County.

SONIA said...

The tragedy that has struck your family also strikes this City. Please accept our condolences for this great Loss, of a Great Man. May the Lord give you strength at this time.

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences for the family and fellow members of the LAFD of the Firefighter who died today. My prays are also with the family of the injured Firefighter and his family.

Explorer, Monrovia FD

Thomas Cubler said...

The Officers and Members of the Parkside, PA Fire Co. No. 1 offer our most sincere condolences on the loss of FF Lovrien. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his brothers and sisters of the LAFD.

Anonymous said...

Brent and I were friends for over 20 years, he was by far my longest term friend and I loved him very much and will miss him. My condolences to his Parents and Brother and the rest of his friends this should have never happened to such a great person.

Ken Spaugy

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for you at the loss of your hero. The sympathies of my family are with yours over the miles. We will continue to pray for you.

Proud Aunt of FF Austin Hague Cheek
Noonday VFD #25
Tyler, Texas
LODD 08/03/07

Anonymous said...

Our brothers of the LAFD,
We feel your loss deeply in our hearts. It is always difficult to lose a brother firefighter no matter where the badge is from, what matters is IT IS A BROTHER FIREFIGHTER. LAFD you are in our prayers. I am very honored to have met you, Brent, your arrival makes heaven a better place.

Your brothers
FS 54

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the men and women of the Salinas City Fire Department, our deepest sympathies on the loss of brother firefighter Brent Lovrien. We can offer no words that will ease the sorrow that is felt by so many. Our thoughts are with the Los Angeles Fire Department in this very difficult time.

In this time of grieving, we also keep Engineer Anthony Guzman in our thoughts and wish for him a speedy recovery.


Brett D. Loomis
Battalion Chief
Salinas City Fire Department
Salinas, CA

Anonymous said...

May God bless the family's of those who dare walk where the devil dances. Jamie McCartney Lancaster Fire and Rescue

Anonymous said...

God Bless. Be Strong. I have alot of love for all firefighters that risk their lives daily. Thank you. My prayers are with the family and friends, hang in there.

frank desbiens said...

the last call for our brother,

may you all remember the light he brought to your darkest days.

from your brothers in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada.

our sincere condolences

Longueuil Fire Dept.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see that we can come together as a family and act like brothers when there is a devastating loss among us like the death of our brother Brent. But we need to start acting like brothers in all our daily interactions with eachother. Because once a brother is gone, he is gone......forever.

anonymous LAFD firefighter said...

To the Lovrien family:
What do I say to a family with such a devastating loss. Your son is a great man and I am glad I knew him. I will honor him by doing my job as a fireman exactly like he did; with honor, commitment, and courage; for he will watch us from heaven with a smile and a big thumbs up. May Brent forever rest in the arms of an angel.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot describe the feeling of loss, confusion, and sorrow from this tragic event. Know that your brothers and sisters next door stand beside you and are praying for your strength through this difficult time.

Captain Steve Vance
Beverly Hills Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Although Brent and I never personally met, I did get to know him through the stories you shared with me.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carol White

Kevin said...

We are saddened at the loss of our brother and our prayers go out to the Lovrien family. May he rest in peace.

Anaheim Fire Station 1
Engine 1, Engine 21, Truck 1

Anonymous said...

I knew Brent and the guys at station 95. Unless you have walked in their shoes, you cannot imagine what they go through on a daily basis. They are truly a family and watch out for each other. They live, eat, breathe to be of service to the public. He left us a hero saving the life of another. My heart goes out to his 2 families, the one at home and the one at the station 95.

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to all the BROTHERS & SISTERS of the LAFD. It deeply saddens me to hear that we lost another Brother. I also pray for a speedy recovery for the fellow brother that was injured.

My prayers go out the entire LAFD family and to the the family our fallen brother.

Bob Bonto
Retired FF/Medic
Springfield Township
Akron, OH

Anonymous said...

In law enforcement, we are told to always focus on our pistol's front sight when shooting.

So when an officer dies in the line of duty, we say.....

Jesus is my front sight,
Sovereign in my life.
In peace, or in battle,
He guides my warrior stride.
Jesus is my front sight,
Jesus is my front sight,
twas He who led me here.

May God's peace surround this brave firefighter's family during this time of sorrow.

North Carolina law enforcement officer

Zuzzette said...

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of LAFD Firefighter Brent Lovrien.Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Brent’s death. We are here to support you in your grieving process.
With sincere sympathy,
Riverside County Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services

Anonymous said...

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the fallen firefighters family, friends,and fellow firefighters.

quela said...

Nobody dies in vain nor should they. My heart goes out to His immediate family and all of the fire family. I have recently attended services at my church and the theme is "What if you had 30 days to live". Lets remember how fragile our lives are especially in the profession that we have chosen. If we only had 30 days we would probably spend time with those we love. Lets all try and live that way. God bless all of us and prayers out to our fallen brother and his family.

Anonymous said...

The FAST-MAG Stroke Research Trial investigators, nurses and support staff send our condolences to the Los Angeles Fire Department and the family of Firefighter Brent Lovrien.

Anonymous said...

RIP Brent Lovrien, you are a true hero to our city and country.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of myself and my fellow brothers and sisters here in the Seattle area, our thoughts and prayers go out to your entire LAFD family. This is a devastating loss to all of us in the Fire Service.

May God bless all of you as you.

Steve Taylor
Battalion Chief
Shoreline Fire Dept.
Shoreline, WA

Anonymous said...

I worked with Brent at Station 14a few years ago. I remember his smile and always positve outlook. As a rookie he was one of the guys I looked up to, trusted... He was a friend. Thanks for making a positive influence on my career and life.

Jason Bunn

Anonymous said...

To our beloved Brother who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the people of Los Angeles.
You will be missed. Go knowing you will join all of the Brothers and Sisters of the firefighting community who have gone on their "Last Alarm".

James Adams
Deputy Chief
Houston County Fire-Rescue

Anonymous said...

Our condolences to Glenn and Sherri and his friends in the Fire Department he served.

Anonymous said...

Glenn and Sherri, our deepest condolences from your friends at Northrop Grumman.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the men and women of the Arcadia Firefighters Association, Local 3440, I would like to offer our condolences to the family of FF Brent Lovrien, and to the extended family of LAFD Local 112. We mourn your loss with you, and are here to support you in your time of need.

May FF Brent Lovrien rest in peace, and his memory live on forever.


John Twitchell
Arcadia FIre Department

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Brent. The LAFD lost a hero today. Your work on earth and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace brother!

Deputy Jeff Ditsch L.A.S.D.

Anonymous said...

I applaud your courage and strength and never losing faith in your time of loss...
Northern California Firefighters stand with you.
- A humbled firefighter

Robin said...

I had the pleasure to meet Brent through my friend/ Brents girlfriend Sandee. The first day I met him, he was already teasing me (Sandee $80.00 lol)(great day!) I know he touched a lot of peoples lives! He will be missed.

God Bless you Brent! May God hold you in his arms.



crzy4kats said...

may he rest in peace. He did not deserve to die so young but he did what he was meant to do.

Anonymous said...

While we did not know each other
personally, I feel we were aquainted thru family and mutual friends. Our prayers reach out
to the family of Brent, a true HERO to so many as well as an example to all. May the love of
God speak to all as a life well lived is celebrated.

Anonymous said...

RIP, FF Lovrien. Thank you for your valiant service to the citizens of Los Angeles. May God bless you and your family, and the LAFD.

In Sympathy,

The Price Family
Santa Clarita,CA

Anonymous said...

Dear Sherri and Glenn and family our prayers and condolences go out to all of you. I know that the Lord will comfort you and bring peace to you and your family during this difficult time. As Jim sings "I can only Imagine" at the service on Friday, let that song give you a glimpse of what Brent is seeing right now in heaven and enjoying with his heavenly Father.
Love & Prayers
Ed & Diane Cathcart & family.

L. McArthur said...

I worked for Torrance Fire for 33 years and was priviledged to work many times shoulder to shoulder with LA City FFs. Your Department's loss touches us all! Years ago a political cartoonist drew a Dalmation with his head hung and a tear falling from his eye. This said so much.. All of us in the fire service family share the grief you are feeling.
God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Brother may you rest in peace and god bless your family and your local.

Union Brother from Connecticut

Anonymous said...

Our heartfelt condolences to Pat and the rest of Brent's family. He was a great guy who'll be greatly missed.

Scott & Lisa Kochevar

arbcqueen said...

Brent, you ARE a kindred soul. Your eyes were full of life, full of love, and full of those that crossed your path....YOU made them a part of YOU...and they LOVE you as well...Your smile, your jokes, your dedication to your family and commorads is something I remember you telling me..YOUR dedication to your LAFD FAMILY IS your family too!!!...I miss you, Brent...Spread your wings and be at peace, my friend. I will truly miss you!!! Heather K

Anonymous said...

I applaud Brent for his never ending sense of humor and ability to have fun no matter who was watching. Brent lived his life the way he wanted to and I am ecstatic that he did. We should all learn from this great loss.

My prayers go out to Brent's loved ones

Jason B

Anonymous said...

The men and women of the Riverside County Volunteer Fire Department offer our support and condolences to the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of Brent.
All give some, some give All.

Leah said...

Thank GOD for Brent. I'm sure God will hold him close by God's side, a fallen hero. Thank God for firefighters. I walk by a local station most days and always look up to the fighters there and say a prayer. I'm sure he was prayed for in such a way before this tradegy and now even more prayers.

Anonymous said...

Brent was a true hero. We should all be so lucky to have known him. His smile would brighten anyone's day. I know Brent's family at home and at the station are absolutely devastated but please take pride in the fact that he died doing what he loved. Go with God Brent and may you rest in peace.

Please do not forget Engineer Guzman and his family as well. We pray for a speedy recovery.

Here's a Prayer for Brent and his families in this time of need:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Anonymous said...

The Crash Fire Rescue Crew From Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base F.D., Los Alamitos,CA. would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the LAFD and the Lovrien family for there loss.

Anonymous said...

On Behalf of the Sierra Madre Fire Department
To our LAFD Brothers and Sisters
We feel your loss deeply in our hearts. It is always difficult to lose a brother firefighter no matter where the badge is from, what matters is IT IS A BROTHER FIREFIGHTER. LAFD you are in our prayers as well as Engineer Guzman, may you find some comfort knowing that Brent will be protecting us from above.

Firefighters, Paramedics
Sierra Madre Fire Department
Station 41

Anonymous said...

I had the honor of working with your son when he was a rookie at
F.S. 3. He always had a great smile, great attitude and work ethic. We all will miss him greatly.

Sonny Garrido
Captain II
LAFD Retired

Anonymous said...

I had the honor of working with your son when he was a rookie at
F.S. 3. He always had a great smile, great attitude and great work ethic.
We will miss him greatly.

Sonny Garrido
Captain II
LAFD Retired

Anonymous said...

May your soul rest in peace.
You have served makind well.

Monica Landry said...

Dear Sherrie & Glen,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious son. I will keep you, Brent and the entire LAFD in my prayers. The employees of the Northrop Grumman Azusa campus also extend their condolences as we are all connected within NGC by our work and by our lives. God Bless You Always.
Monica Landry, your former coworker from NGC, El Segundo.

Anonymous said...

Our condolences to the family of Brother Lovrien.

Brian Holb
IAFF Local 2388
Beachwood, OH

Anonymous said...

I feel the sadness of loss for the LAFD family, and my deep heartfelt condolences. You all are in my prayers, and our fallen hero is just that...A hero.
Memory Eternal.

Anonymous said...

Our condolences to our brothers and sisters in the LAFD and to the family of Fire Fighter Lovrien. Brother, rest in peace.

Fire Station 14
Los Angeles County Fire Dept.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the men & women of the City of Montreal fire department, please accept our most sincere condolences in this difficult time. Our brotherhood knows no borders & we share your grief. Know that you are in our prayers at this most critical time.

Mike Amesse
City of Montreal F.D.
Station 10

Anonymous said...

Lovrien Family,Friends and Brotherhood, God be with you till you meet again with your fallen loved one. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Love the Valenzuela's
Jesse Valenzuela Retired FF/Arson Investigator.

Anonymous said...

As parents of an LAFD, now OCFA family member, we all know the dangers this job involves....It is also one of the finest jobs out there....Please know our thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

El Benemerito Cuerpo Voluntario de Bomberos de la Republica de Guatemala, Centro America a traves del Departamento de Relaciones Publicas y en nombre del Directorio Nacional, el Comandante Primer Jefe, Oficiales Superiores, Oficiales Subalternos, Personal Permanente, Personal Voluntario, Cuerpo de Asesores y Personal de Soporte manifestamos nuestra profunda pena por la tragica muerte del bombero Brent Lovrien quien heroicamente dio su vida sirviendo a su comunidad. Nuestras oraciones estan con su familia y con los miembros del Cuerpo de Bomberos de la ciudad de Los Angeles, California asi mismo nuestros deseos para que el bombero que sobrevive la tragedia se recupere satisfactoriamente.
Aunque hablamos diferente idioma nos une la hermandad de servicio al projimo, de esa cuenta podemos decir tambien que hemos perdido un miembro de nuestra familia.
Nuestro corazon esta con ustedes.



Guatemala, Abril del 2008

Bob said...

I humbly offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of this great American public servant.

Having lost a brother at our own department back in 2001, we share the pain and grief you now feel.

You had the opportunity to know Brent, and that is a blessing that many have not been gifted with.

Celebrate his life, and cherish the memories of the good times you were fortunate to have together.

Hold each other up, as you move through the sorrow, and know that the prayers and best thoughts of an entire grateful nation are in support for your recovery from this tragedy.

Vaya con Dios, Brother Lovrien

Tim said...

To the Family Members of Firefighter Lovrien my prayers go out to you and his fellow firefighter's at Station 95.

To Engineer Guzman prayers for a speedy and full recovery.

Mia said...

Just over a year ago, Station 5 and 95 rushed to my house to put out a devastating fire in my home while my mother and I were gone. Since then I have visited them many times with great appreciation. I can't even begin expressed my grief for the loss of part of the LAFD family. Thank you for all your sacrifices and hard work.
Guzman, You're resilient and I hope you are keeping spirits high, Get well soon.

Playa Del Rey

Anonymous said...

Glenn and Sherri, My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of your Son Brent, May God bless you and your Family.. He is a hero in my eyes and Gods eyes...

Susan Canty

mike and sue said...

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of our dear friend ''LOVEE''
We are so sad knowing he is gone We loved him so much.He was already an angel walking this earth willing to give you a hand no matter what.. We will miss you brent all the joy and crazy times and laughing till our pants split.. Iam so proud to of have you touch my family lives. We all love you and miss you so, but know your watching and giving us strength may you rest in peace now and we all now your giving those angels up there a laugh.. God bless and till we meet again.. Your friends mike, sue, grannie, and girls '' THE DOG HOUSE'' XOXOXOXOXO

Anonymous said...

Brothers and Sisters of the LAFD, my prayers to all of you. May Brent rest in peace. A special thank you to the 100,000 plus who observed a moment of silence during the flyover at the Red Sox-Dodgers game.

FF M. Wolfgang
Revere Fire Dept.
Revere, MA

Anonymous said...

I have known Brent (lovee) for a few years as a friend....it is a very tragic loss, and I will always be saddened by it. My prayers go out his family. M

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your service to Los Angeles.

You will be missed!!

Anonymous said...

I never met him but I know he was a hero who fell in the line of duty. We will forever be grateful for his courage and sacrifice.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
May he RIP.

To all you men and women in service - God bless you.

-With respect and gratitude, LA Resident.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I had the chance to get to meet and know Brent this past summer at my 20 year HS reunion. He came with his girlfriend, one of my dearest friends Sandee, and as the reunion night went on someone asked my husband (Danny) how long have you known Brent? and they were surprised to learn that they had just met that very night. One would have thought they had known each other for years the way they carried on joking and laughing and being "our" cheerleaders!! Since then Danny and him had become very close. I don't think it matters though how long you had known Brent or how short a time you knew him, if you knew him he touched your life in one way or another!

He was a true, true friend with a big heart and will truly be missed!

Danny says "hey Bro are you partyin'?"

and I say to you Morning Sunshine...

My deepest condolences to his family, Sandee, LAFD and all that knew him!


Danny & Lisa Norrbom

Shawn said...

The men and women of the Preston Fire Dept Pottsboro,Tx send this note to the entire LAFD family we send our deepest regards for the loss of one of your own. May god bless you and keep you all safe.

Capt S. Schmidt

Anonymous said...

Brent, your great sense of humor will be missed. Havasu and Glamis will never be the same. Brent always cared for the comforts and safety of those around him, and will truly be missed. God Bless Your Department and Family.

Susan Wolf-Cohen said...

To the family of LAFD
Firefighter Loverin:

As the mother of a LAFD Fire Captain, I extend my most sincere and deepest sympathies. Because the LAFD is truly a "family" I am deeply sadened by the loss of one of our children. I pray that you know that your son is truly a HERO and that he will never be forgotten.

Susan Wolf-Cohen
Mother of David Cohen, Captain Station 81

Anonymous said...

Our Condolence goes out to Los Angeles Fire Department Family in the loss of one of their brothers.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Brothers and Sisters of the LAFD and the Lovrien Family. Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for a job well done...

Fire Station 7
L.A. County Fire
Local 1014

West LA Democratic Club said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow firefighters of this courageous man.
May he rest peace and his memory live on for eternity.

Your neighbors,
The West LA Democratic Club

tbutler said...

On behalf of the members of Battalion 2"B" of the City of Anaheim Fire Department, our condolences and prayers for FF Lovrien's family and all the members of the LAFD; and our prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Engineer Guzman. There are few words that can adequately express the profound sense of loss that all of Southern California's firefighters feel in the loss of a brother. God Bless Brent and all the members of the LAFD.

Tim Butler, Battalion Chief, B2"B"
City of Anaheim Fire Department

georgenunezjr@yahoo.com said...

My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Lovrien and Guzman families, may God give you strength and His peace during this time.

My prayers go out to the entire LAFD. Our hearts are heavy for your loss.

George Nunez Jr. and Family
Fire Captain/CALFire
Fenner Canyon #41

Anonymous said...

Brent was so loved in life, yet not less now.
It was an honor to know him.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to firefighters everywhere.
He will be so missed.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are and will be with you always. I am sorry for your loss.

Maria Riley
3 Blue Star Mother
Los Angeles, Ca.

Gary L said...

Thank you, but Brent’s family needs your help!
I want to thank all who have written and given their condolences on this site and others. On behalf of the Lovrien family we thank you so much. I’m Brent’s “Uncle Gary”. Brent followed after his grandfather and myself in becoming the 3rd generation of Lovrien firefighters. We are so proud of him it is beyond words. But in honor of him we don’t buy into the LAFD’s conclusion of what caused the explosion that took his life. His grandfather and I had more than 60 years of combined fire service experience to accept it. If you or anyone you know have first hand information as to an odor of gas (natural gas or any other type) that was smelled in the close proximity of the building where Brent lost his life the day of March 26 2008, please email who you are and the circumstances to: brentinvestigate@aol.com
Thank you
Brent’s uncle
Gary Lovrien
Retired, San Clemente Fire Dept.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole LAFD family at this time of loss. We so appreciate the members of FS 95 and other stations in the LAX area, who help our customers and employees on a daily basis.

We are so sorry for the loss of one of your family members and we wish your other family member who was injured, a very speedy recovery.

God bless you all.

The employees of United Airlines, LAX

Anonymous said...

Patricia, I tried to write something down four times and I just can not put anything in to words that can express the way I feel. I think you know why and I will talk to you in person, but I needed to let you know how very much I Love You and how very PROUD I am of your son. He was doing exactly what he wanted to do and I know he would not have wanted it any other way and would not want you to be sad. I know this from a first hand conversation that I had with my own son when he left for Iraq. He told me that if anything ever happened to him to be PROUD of him, not be sad, because this is what he chose to do. My son served in the Military away from home and your son chose to serve as a fire fighter here at home. As mothers, it does not matter where our children are, we still worry. We are very blessed that we raised our sons to love their country, but unfortunately choose jobs that put them in harms way to protect us. You should be very proud of yourself to have raised such a loving, caring and courageous man to care for all of us. I can't even imagine the pain you must feel in your heart right now, but stand tall for your son and know that you raised a HERO. He took care of and protected a lot of people that you will never meet, but those people will never forget him. Just read all of the messages that have been left for him. What a wonderful young man you raised !! How PROUD you should be of him!! Love and Prayers to you and your family

Ansa said...

Any word if they will be airing the memorial service activities on a local news channel??? Thanks

Anonymous said...

To the family,
I wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your great loss. I believe that the fire service is the greatest gift that a human can provide to the public. The fact that your family member gave his life for that cause truley means something to me. My prayers are with your family.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for the note. Our staff has been working nearly around the clock with local news entities (print, radio, television and internet) to cover the event, while most importantly, respecting the family wishes.

Kindly note that I looked into streaming the content via the web on our own at LAFD.ORG, but soon came to realize that we do not have the ability to undertake such a project in a robust or reliable fashion.

While we expect most local media outlets to include short-form reports and stories in their respective domains, it is not clear whether any will broadcast or stream (i.e. through their websites) live or long-duration recordings of the services. Such will be a decision of the individual media outlets and not the LAFD. We will however be there to support whatever coverage they may be willing to offer.

If and when we learn there to such content, we'll post an entry in the LAFD blog and send it to our many LAFD_ALERT and E-NEWS subscribers.




Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Brent was my ex-boss best friend when he would come visit I would always remember him being such a fun loving guy and always making you laugh. My prayers are with his family and his bro shenana that i also had the privilage to work with him.

Anonymous said...

Brothers and Sisters of the LAFD, family and friends of our Fallen Brother,

Our prayers are with you in your time of loss and sorrow.

It takes a special kind of person to be a firefighter. Someone who cherishes the little things in life even more so because they have witnessed others without them, someone who lives and enjoys life to the fullest, and has an enormous heart that wants to help anyone and everyone they can.

In your time of sadness I hope that you remember some of the fun things, happy times in his life. Remember his smile, his laugh, goofy things he did. These are the things that help when the hurt is so bad.

We will keep you in our prayers, our hearts, and in our thoughts.

Stay safe and God Bless,
Hinckley Fire Dept.
Sugar Grove Fire Dept.

Anonymous said...

To Firefighter Lovrien's family and fellow firefighters:

Words cannot express how tragic it is to lose someone who goes out each day and risks his own life on behalf of others. We, in Los Angeles, are truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of men and women making up the LA Fire Department. Thank you for all that you do.

Firefighter Lovrien is definitely a hero...as are all of you!

May the Peace of the Lord bless and keep you always!

Anonymous said...

May God be with his family and friends. My prayers go out to him and all other fallen LAFD brothers.

Sara Aviram said...

Dear Patricia and family,

we were all so saddened to hear of your loss. All of us here at Saras salon will remember the boy hat loved his mother so much . You did a great job raising this man Patricia, and he will never be forgotten.

Our love and prayers are with you ,

All the Beauties at Saras.

Tina Porter said...

Dear Patricia.

We were all so shocked and saddened her at the salon when we heard the news.. We will forever remember the young man that loved his mother so.

Our love and prayers are with you,

All the beauties at Saras

Anonymous said...

As a former Los Angeles resident, I was deeply saddened by the news of the death of FF Lovrien. My prayers go out to the LAFD and the Lovrien family.

James W. Valandra NREMT-P
Garrison-Max Ambulance
Garrison North Dakota

Anonymous said...

I am praying for the family who lost this lovely man. I live in Westchester and would see him at Ralphs grocery store all the time. What a tragic loss. I will at the candle vigil.

Anonymous said...

My mother served in the fire service for over 25 years, so I understand the dedication of fire fighters to their jobs and communities. People may not get a chance to express it very often, but we are thankful for all that you do to keep us all safe.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your family member 'Brent', you are all in our prayers, and Tony 'Get well soon'.

Firefighters have responded many times over the years to incidents at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport just across the street from Station 95. We were always in awe of your knowledge and level of professionalism when you came to the hotel. During this time we came to know and respect all of you. My Security Team at the Hilton are saddened by the loss of Brent who we considered a part of our extended family.

May God Bless all of you and keep you safe.

Graham Taylor-Letch
Director of Safety & Security
Hilton Los Angeles Airport

'CERT' Call Out Team Member
Battalion's 4 & 6

darren said...

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal!

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Remember that we love and care about you. As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Brent.

-The Fort Worth Boys

Anonymous said...

I thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives. Thank you for giving so devotedly to our community, Your acts of couarge are appreciated deeply. Not only have you lost a brother, but our community mourns your your loss also. My most deepest sympathy. We love you.
-An LAFD family member

Heather said...

We're going to miss you Brent. You were such a dedicated and courageous firefighter, not to mention such wonderful man. We're going to miss your smile, jokes and contagious laughter. You were a true asset to the department.

Rest in Peace, my friend. You will be sorely missed.

Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and to all that had the privilege and honor of knowing Firefighter Lovrien. We are all saddened by this loss and wish everyone strength in this time of mourning.

From all the recruits at the El Camino Fire Academy

Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathy to the LAFD and to the families of both firefighters. Our prayers are with you all.

Thank you for all that you do to protect us!

Anonymous said...

As an ordinary guy with an ordinary job (and an extraordinary family), not a week goes by that I do not marvel at the boundless courage and commitment to the protection of life and property of every firefighter.

When a firefighter falls protecting others, it's important to tell his family that we will not forget.. not his sacrifice, nor that of those who loved and cherished him.

To the family of Firefighter Brent Lovrien, I share your grief, and I will not forget your loss.

To every Firefighter in Los Angeles and elsewhere, God Bless You and watch over you. You are all my family.

Roy Skinner said...

My heart will always ache for the loss of a brother and my family will keep all of you in our hearts and prayers. We thank you Brent for your service and sacrifice.
In Service,
Roy Skinner
CAL FIRE / Butte County Fire Rescue

Anonymous said...

I was shocked and sadden to hear of the sudden death of Brent Loverin. I had the privledge of working with him last year, on the fill the boot campaign for the MDA. Fire Fighter Loverin was a very unique individual. Very professional. I recall a few times when he came over to my station where I had all the supplies set up for them, he would swap out boots, because he had filled his within 15 minutes. He thanked me for giving my time to be there to assist them with their needs. I thanked him as I do with all Fire and Police personell for serving our community and putting their lives on the line. I will remember him this year as I stand along side the Fire fighters collecting money for the MDA. These men and women are greatly appreciated by me and my family, and the community they serve. God Bless the family and friends Fire Fighter Loverin. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

Louise McMullen, Long Beach, California

Anonymous said...

May God Bless Brent Lovrien and all of the firefighters across the nation.
You are all heroes and the very best of the best.
My heart and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for the family and friends of Brent. Please stay strong and cherish your memories of your son, brother and friend. Thank you Brent, for serving the City so dutifully.

Much love,
An LAFD wife

Mindy Muehlhausen said...

To Brents Family as I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face watching his funeral I would like to say that all of us from LAKE HAVASU will MISS YOU LOVEY....And we will pick up where he left off I promise you that MOM
God Bless you all and stay strong and remember Lovey would want you to SMILE ;-}
This young mans life touch me I just wish I could have met this fine young man I will meet him one day in heaven
Mindy Muehlhausen

Anonymous said...

God Bless all the firefighters across the USA and remember to always look to the sun and never leave the shadows behind. Rest in Peace Brent.

Anonymous said...

The Creation of the Firefighter

When the Lord was creating Firefighters, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "Your doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And the Lord said "Have you read the specification of this person? Firefighters have to be able to go for hours fighting fires or tending to a person that the usual every day person would never touch, while putting in the back of their mind the circumstances. They have to be able to move at a second's notice and not think twice of what they are about to do, no matter what danger. They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on half-eaten meals, and they must have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands....no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes a Firefighter has to have."

That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through the fire and where they and their fellow Firefighters should fight the fire next. Another pair here in the side of the head to see their fellow Firefighters and keep them safe. And another pair of eyes in the front so that they can look for the victims caught in the fire that need their help."

"Lord" said the angel, touching his sleeve, "Rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't, said the Lord, "I already have a model that can carry a 250 pound man down a flight of stairs and to safety from a burning building, and can feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Firefighter very slowly, "Can it think?"

"You bet," said the Lord. It can tell you the elements of a hundred fires; and can recite procedures in their sleep that are needed to care for a person until they reach the hospital. And all the while they have to keep their wits about themselves. This Firefighter also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with a scene full of pain and hurt, coaxing a child's mother into letting go of the child so that they can care for the child in need. And still they rarely get the recognition for a job well done from anybody, other that from fellow Firefighters."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Firefighter. "There's a leak", she pronounced. "Lord, it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's a tear from bottled-up emotions for fallen comrades. A tear for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American Flag. It's a tear for all the pain and suffering they have encountered. And it's a tear for their commitment to caring for and saving lives of their fellow man!"

"What a wonderful feature Lord, you're a genius" said the angel.

I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace at this devastating time. Holding you all up in prayer.

Anonymous said...

Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007

Memories In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Mike and Shelley Reese
9000 Spring Rd
Reche Canyon, Ca 92324

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