Former Bridgeville Firefighter Killed in Accident on His Way to the Carr Fire

Andrew BrakeAndrew Brake, age 40, who died overnight in a vehicle accident while on his way to the Carr Fire, used to be a firefighter in Bridgeville. According to the Cal Fire Humboldt – Del Norte union, “Andrew started his career in the Humboldt -Del Norte Unit as a firefighter assigned to Bridgeville Station until he started as a HEM in BEU and eventually transferring to the Butte Unit. Andrew will be missed by his Brothers and Sisters in HUU and statewide in CAL FIRE by all that knew him. Our thoughts are with the Family that he leaves behind.”

Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement today on the death of Brake, who had worked six years for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. He said, “Anne and I offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Andrew Brake, who passed away in a vehicle accident on his way to work this morning.

Cal Fire said, “Brake grew up in Chico and is survived by his parents, Melvin and Teresa, daughters Marissa, 20, and Miranda, 16, and their mother Liberté. Brake is also survived by his sister Lyndsay Barrett, her husband, Bryan, and their children Lily and Jackson. Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor.”

UPDATE: Photo added from Cal Fire

Andrew Brake

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