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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Comments (4)
  1. Sean mcclure says:

    RIP Jim. Such a shock. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Owen family. Love the Mcclures

  2. Matt Johnson says:

    Our condolences to the Owen family. A Brother and American Hero was lost yesterday.
    Matt Johnson and Family

  3. Mark Churchward says:

    As my good friend Jimmy Owen leaves us, I looking at his picture remembering the good times so long ago. Traveling to Vegas, San Jose, San Diego playing on the fire department softball team. Trying to win the gold and having a good time. The stories will live forever in our minds and Jim in our hearts. RIP Jimmy
    Mark Churchward and Family

  4. Joe Lasecki says:

    I worked with Jim and his Father Doug before Jim’s Firefighting Days. He was dedicated and rarely saw him without that incredible smile. Will miss you man !! Love and Prayers to the Owen Family. Joe Lasecki — Anaheim CA

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