Memorial at Dodger Stadium and Tragic a Year Ago Today

Memorial at Doddger Stadium

Two veteran firefighters who died trying to save the lives of dozens trapped in the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history were remembered as heroes Saturday in a memorial service at Dodger Stadium.   The memorial was televised at NBC.  It was  attended by Vice President Joe Biden, governor Schwarzenegger, mayor Antionio Villaragoza  and others. 


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Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall and firefighter specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones were killed Aug. 30 when their truck plunged off a mountain road as they were trying to find an escape route for dozens of inmate-firefighters whose camp had become overrun by flames.

aug sept 09 fallen firemen 1.jpgQuinones, 34, was remembered as “a big kid who loved to learn and he wasn’t afraid to make mistakes.”

Hall, 47, was remembered as the crusty old veteran, until you got to know him and learned that there were three loves in his life: family, job and motorcycles.

Hall is survived by his wife, Katherine and sons, Randall and Steven.



Quinones is survived by his wife, Loressa, who is pregnant with their first child.  This is from the personal pictures that they were showing at the end.  The hands of Arnie and Loressa.       

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After the last of the speakers, including friends and relatives, had delivered their remarks, several firefighting helicopters flew over the stadium in formation, a bugler played “Taps” and drummers and bagpipers performed a mournful version of “Amazing Grace.”


At AT&T Park in San Francisco:  Vicente Padilla who is 2-0 since joining the National league goes against Jonathan Sanchez..  Is amazing that all of James Loney’s homeruns have been on the road.  


Metrolink Tragic a Year Ago Today 

CHATSWORTH — A year ago today, the Chatsworth Hills Academy campus became a triage center and command post after a Metrolink train and a freight train collided yards from the school’s athletic field in California’s deadliest commuter rail disaster.

I was at work when a co-worker told me “Emma, you are not going to be able to take a train home, there has been an accident.”   As he was telling me this my phone was ringing with other friends that also take the train with me.    The Metrolink that was involved in the worst Metrolink accident was the one that turns around and picks us up to go to Downtown L.A.     This accident killed 25 and injured 135.   

It was determined that the engineer that conducted the Metrolink was texting prior to the accident.     




  1. crzblue2

    He was one of the casualties. Being at the front of the metrolink and crashing head on with the freight train, the Metrolink being so much lighter did not have a chance.

  2. sunshine43

    I didn’t realized the memorial was televised. I saw guys walking around with cameras and I knew they were taping. Just wasn’t sure. It was a beautiful memorial service. Wish I could’ve stayed for the whole thing, but I had to change my plans today to make the first part of the service.

  3. TribeTed

    What a sad story.

    and texting while conducting.. cmon dude!

    not cool.

    He threatened his own life and the life of all the passengers when he was doing that.

    and it showed as he died.

    What two sad sad stories.

    I couldn’t even imagine the fall. =(

    Rides that go straight down already make me feel natious.

    But falling mountainside,

    must have been a painful experience.

    I mourn for the families and all who lossed. =/

    –Ted “TTW/T”

  4. crzblue2

    I did not know about it until I woke up and I saw my brother watching it. It was a beautiful ceremony. I am glad that it was done at Dodger Stadium. You know in the last homestand there were two fires outside the main gates in those bushes to the right as you exit Elysian Park. Thanks for comenting. Were you invited to the ceremony or found out about it and went? I bet my friend Steve who has season tix infront of me was there. He is a police officer.

  5. crzblue2

    The tracks going from Chatsworth (which is where I work) to Simi Valley become one and goes thru a tunnel. Jugding from the recovery of his cell phone usage, they found he texted a few minutes b4 the crash. Metrolink trains are not as heavy as compared to Amtrak or freight trains so you can imagine how the first few cars of the train ended up like and the fire it created. Once again our firefighters went to the rescue.

  6. Buz

    Let’s focus on the good… San Fran was no match for the Blue Crew yesterday.. and hopefully today as well. Keep winning and all is good in the baseball world. The Dodgers are a class act and are in the forefront of support and recognition for those in their community.

    Buz –

  7. sunshine43

    I heard about the memorial. I tried to e-mail to find out the particulars, like if it was open to the public and stuff, but never got a response. I knew about the fires outside. I heard it on the radio and Cat told me about them. I don’t exit out that way so I didn’t see them.


  8. crzblue2

    I know. Still is a beautiful picture how they formed a heart with it. A symbol of Love.
    Yeah, I am glad that the McCourt’s open beautiful stadium for the memorial. They are set on opening lots of baseball diamonds around the community. In fact the goal is 50.
    Yes, lets focus on the good. We took 2 of 3 from San Francisco. Winning series is what is all about during the regular season. I won’t dwell on that the mistery of Chad Billingsley continues. I’ll dwell on it another time.
    Not sure if you know but the fires outside the stadium were deliberately set. It appears that there were some homeless people hanging by those bushes.

  9. crzblue2

    Yes, quite a weekend to remember for many sad reasons. Like Vin Scully likes to say after giving us a “On this day in baseball history…”, “let’s get back to this one.” I’ve been wanting to get a new post but Jane got me hooked on her book “An Ex to Grind.” which I finished late last night. Now, let me get back to baseball. “My boys are back in town! My boys are back in town!”

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