VENTURA, Calif. - A Ventura County firefighter killed while en route to battle a wildfire will be memorialized on Thursday at the fire station where he last served.
Ryan Osler was an 18-year veteran with the Ventura County Fire Department when he died in a rollover accident near Lompoc in September, 2016.
Osler and a fellow firefighter were driving a water tender truck to Vandenberg Air Force Base to assist with the Canyon Fire.
Now one year after his death, Osler will be commemorated and memorialized at the Moorpark fire station where he was last assigned.
On Thursday, September 21, a brief ceremony will be held before the unveiling of a memorial wall constructed by fellow firefighters at Fire Station 42, located at 295 East High Street.
Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said in a press release, “This ceremony is meant to bring everyone together to honor Ryan’s memory, sacrifice and legacy. We are one big family and we will always remember him.”
The Ventura County Fire Department will fly flags on fire engines, lower all flags to half-staff and wear Osler memorial t-shirts to commemorate the life and service of the dedicated father, husband and firefighter.
Anyone interested in making a donation in honor of Osler's memory can visit the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association website.