Big Bear, Ca, February 12, 2011, 5:40pm – The death Friday evening of Gabriel Pomona, Captain of the Forest Service’s Big Bear Hotshot Crew, is making an impact on our community. Gabriel’s wife Summer, his many family members, the Forest Service, and Big Bear will miss the 36-year-old firefighter. Gabriel began his career in the Sierra National Forest on a hand crew. In 2003, when the Big Bear Hotshots received their certification as a Type One Inter-agency Crew, Gabriel was the Squad Boss. After two years as Captain of the Sierra National Forest’s Crane Valley Hotshots, Gabriel returned to Big Bear in 2008 as the Big Bear Hotshot Crew Captain. Gabe gave to the children of the Inland Empire during many of the Crew’s Christmas Bike drives. Flowers and cards can be sent to the Big Bear Ranger Station at 42300 North Shore Drive and PO Box 290 in Fawnskin. Messages will be forwarded to the family. Memorial services will be announced when the information is available.
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