RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA.com) — The first person to be identified among the 10 killed in Thursday’s fiery bus crash was a 26-year-old recruiter for Humboldt State University.

Arthur Arzola was on the bus, acting as a chaperone for high school students headed to tour HSU, when a FedEx truck slammed into them on the 5 Freeway near Orland, north of Sacramento.

Colleagues say the Rancho Cucamonga resident was a passionate person dedicated to helping young people achieve their dreams.

Arzola grew up in Chino and attended Don Lugo High School, according to his Facebook profile. He married his wife, Crystal, in 2010.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

He worked at In-N-Out Burger in Rancho Cucamonga up until three years ago. Workers who knew him told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Adrianna Goldstein they are overcome with grief.

He was attending graduate school at the University of La Verne when, a year ago, he was hired as a Humboldt State admissions counselor for the greater L.A. area.

For the past year, he was working as a Humboldt State recruiter for the greater L.A. area. His passion for bringing kids to the university was evident on his “Meet the Counselors” webpage: Humboldt “provides all students on campus with incredible opportunities that change the world for the better.

Humboldt State posted the following statement on their website:

“Arzola is remembered by colleagues at Humboldt State for his passionate commitment to helping low-income and first-generation students get into college. The campus community extends its deepest condolences to Arthur’s family and friends. Words cannot express our sadness, and we are here to support them in any way possible.”


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