Funeral Service To Be Held For OC Firefighter

SANTA ANA (CBS) — The Orange County Fire Authority is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Firefighter and paramedic Jim Owen, a 30-year veteran, was pronounced dead around 12 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say Owen went into full cardiac arrest after a training exercise and was immediately aided by fellow firefighters including his long-time paramedic partner.

According to the OCFA, Owen spent most of time based at Fire Station 4 in Irvine, working as both a paramedic and a haz-mat firefighter.

Owen is survived by his wife, Sharon, and three sons: Jim Jr., Daniel and Kevin.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. at Mariners Church (5001 Newport Coast Dr. in Irvine, Ca. 92603). A reception will immediately follow.

Donations can be made to the Owen family through the OCFA Benevolent Association (OCFABA). Money may be dropped off or mailed to OCFBA: 1 Fire Authority Road, Irvine, CA 92602 (ref: Owen). Credit card donations may be made over the phone by calling the OCFBA at (714)573-6240.

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