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A flag ceremony was held at Fire Station 73 in Newhall honoring the life and memory of Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Wayne Habell on Aug. 24, 2018.
A flag ceremony was held at Fire Station 73 in Newhall honoring the life and memory of Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Wayne Habell on Aug. 24, 2018.

 

Fire Captain Wayne Habell of Fire Station 73 passed away unexpectedly at the age of 43.

Captain Habell was a dedicated and respected member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department who faithfully served for 13 years.

A flag ceremony was held Friday morning at Fire Station 73 on Newhall Avenue, where Habell was stationed (pictured above).

A funeral service will be held on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo 93012.

A graveside service will be held on Monday beginning at 2 p.m. at Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive, Montecito 93108.

“It is with great pain and sorrow that we mourn the loss of Fire Captain Wayne Habell,” read an LACoFD post on Facebook Sunday afternoon. “Captain Habell leaves behind a wife and three children. Everyone including his Fire Department family is devastated. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the entire Habell family.”

Wayne Stuart Habell

Wayne Stuart Habell

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9 Comments

  1. So sad. Sending prayers to his family. RIP.

  2. Joanne says:

    Just Heartbreaking.
    Prayersof strength, love & light to his Family.

  3. Kim Wickers Kim Wickers says:

    Did they figure out what happened to him yet?

  4. Thank you Captain , for serving us in Santa Clarita…may you rest in peace, and may your family and friends find peace and comfort.. realizing you were a GREAT person serving us!

  5. Debbie Burkhart says:

    Thank you for your service. May your family be at peace sending them love and comfort at this difficult time.

  6. Debbie Burkhart says:

    My heart breaks for your family. Thank you for your service.

  7. Byron says:

    Very sad.

    “Passed away” at 43. Could we be more vague? This is the lead here… who, what, where, when, why, how? Unanswered. Not even a mention of there being a mystery concerning his death.

    What happened?

  8. TeamSCV says:

    Probably wasn’t anything they want to be publicized. Respect the family’s privacy. RIP Capt…

  9. LORI HABELLHILL says:

    Why aren’t there regular check ups/exams for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for fire fighters (from physicians who know how to specifically recognize it)? I don’t get it. In saving lives Fire fighters face life threatening events repeatedly (i.e., raging fires which move fast with heavy smoke). In CA fires are not a infrequent event, it’s EVERY season. There should be regular PTSD exams and offered therapy for fire fighters, as well as police officers (who face traumatic, life threatening events as well) . These workers are at high risk, just like the military. It would be advantageous for future families, if changes are made in memory of Captain Wayne Stuart Habell. His death was work-related and due to lack of on-site mental health resources. The fire chief informed Mrs. Habell there have been 11 fire fighter suicide deaths this year alone. This news should not be suppressed. If it is not covered, no changes will be made. If Wayne had the option to speak with a on-site physician (or therapist) who was a PTSD specialist, he still might be here. A lot of these workers don’t express their feelings, as there is a stigma attached, and they don’t want to appear weak. As a result, the illness progresses and eventually ends in suicide.

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