It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a highly respected member of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Fire Inspector Jerald Lewis Coates left us suddenly on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012, while off-duty and in the comfort of his own home. He was an active-duty, 25-year veteran of the Department, having been appointed to the LAFD in 1987.
|LAFD Inspector Jerald L. Coates|
In 2001, following 14 years of distinguished service at the rank of Firefighter, he promoted to Inspector. Within the Fire Prevention Bureau, he expertly addressed the special permitting and hazards of underground tanks, before being assigned to the Brush Clearance Unit in 2010.
As a member of this small team of 13 inspectors, Coates helped supervise brush clearance issues among nearly 180,000 targeted parcels citywide. Jerald enjoyed educating the community about the dangers of wildfire, and was routinely lauded by residents for his fair handling of difficult situations. By all accounts, he took great pride in personalized public service.
We kindly ask you to keep Inspector Jerald L. Coates and his loved-ones in your thoughts and prayers. He is survived by his longtime life partner, Donailah and his 25 year-old son, Ryan.
DATE: Friday, June 1, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am
LOCATION: Divine Saviour Catholic Church
DONATIONS: IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, A DONATION IS WELCOME:
Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund
Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman