Highway renamed in honor of 2 fallen Calif. firefighters

Capt. Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones were killed while trying to devise a protection strategy for their fire camp


City News Service via The Pasadena Star-News

LANCASTER, Calif. — Two firefighters who were killed trying to protect their fellow firefighters stuck in the path of last year's Station Fire had a section of highway through the burned area named after them Monday.

The Angeles Forest Highway, also known as County Road S-2, was given the honorary name of the "Capt. Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones Memorial Highway" at a ceremony at a Lancaster fire station.

Hall, 47, and Quinones, 35, were killed while trying to devise a protection strategy for their fire camp, Camp 16, were several dozen inmate firefighters were trapped as the blaze moved toward them Aug. 30, 2009.

Their truck fell off a cliff, perhaps while the firefighters were blinded by smoke.

Camp 16 burned to the ground, with dozens of inmate firefighters sheltering in place. No one was hurt there.

The Angeles Forest Highway bisects the area burned by the fire, and passes near the Mount Gleason area where the men died.

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich joined friends and relatives of the two men during the dedication ceremony at Fire Station 129, near the Antelope Valley Government Center in Lancaster.

"It is a beautiful stretch of highway that both of these men drove on going to work and coming home to their families," said Dave Anderson, a friend of Hall's family. "It is a way to tribute both of these brave men and it will remind us that all firefighters and all police officers take such a huge risk in protecting us civilians and protecting our properties."

Quinones' brother, Ozzie, said the two men made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the public.

"I'm so honored that my brother and Captain Ted Hall protected us on that day, just to make sure that we have a beautiful day like today to live and keep going," he said.

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