LOS ANGELES – A nonprofit organization has established a fund to help support the family of a 22-year-old inmate firefighter killed last week while battling a brush fire north of Malibu.
The Fire Family Foundation, founded in 2008 by the Firefighters First Credit Union, has created the Shawna Lynn Jones fund to support her family in this time of grief, according to a news release.
Born and raised in Lancaster, Jones was allowed to join the firefighting program at the all-female Fire Camp 13 in Malibu in August 2015 because of good behavior during her incarceration. Part of her duties included cutting containment lines to stop the spread of wildfires and dousing hotspots during cleanup.
A brush fire was reported around 2:56 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, along Mulholland Highway, on an isolated and twisting section of the road four miles uphill from Pacific Coast Highway.
About 200 firefighters were sent to the extremely steep slope, and worked with shovels, awls and axes — in the dark, in heavy smoke, on loose rocks and in strong, erratic winds.
Pilots using night-vision goggles, from Los Angeles and Ventura counties, were able to douse flareups, and the camp crews and staff firefighters on the ground had stopped its forward progress, and contained the blaze to less than 10 acres.
Crews were still working on burning stumps and branches at about 7:15 that morning, when a boulder fell about 100 feet from a rocky outcrop that had been singed by flames. It hit Jones in the head, and she was airlifted to the UCLA Medical Center. Her mother made the call to donate her organs to transplant patients and remove her from life support.
Jones’ father died last year of cancer; she is survived by her mother Diana,younger brother Daniel and younger sister Ashley.
To make a donation to the Shawna Lynn Jones Fund, visit www.FireFamilyFoundation.org.
All donations to Fire Family Foundation are tax-deductible.
[Information via news release from Fire Family Foundation and City News Service.]
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