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San Bernardino, California: Family, friends and colleagues came together for a memorial service inside The Rock Church on Friday, September 25th, 2020 to remember and honor Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Squad Boss Firefighter Charles ‘Charlie’ Morton.
The memorial service was broadcast live at San Bernardino National Forest on Facebook for those unable to be inside the church as well as to all who wanted to pay their respects to Firefighter Charles.
Only a few dozen of Charlies’ family members, friends and colleagues as well as speakers were inside the church for the memorial service well everybody else watched from an overflow area because of COVID-19 restrictions.
During the memorial service, speakers spoke about Charles’ life, honor his service; being remembered as a friend with a good heart, a dedicated family man and an honorable firefighter.
Charlies was a Big Bear Interagency Hotshot squad boss firefighter who had served with the United States Forest for 14 years out of an 18 year firefighting career.
“Charlie was one of those people that was just trusted by everyone. I believe it was because of his intelligence, his experience and confidence,” one U.S. Forest Service colleague said about Charlies during the service.
Charlies Morton’s fiance, Monica, called him a leader, a protector and someone who gave wholeheartedly.
“I’m at peace because Charlie loved what he did, he loved his job, he loved being a hotshot firefighter. He loved being out in the wilderness, he loved his mountain. He loved fire. He loved fighting fire without water. He was one in a million,” said Monica.
The memorial service also included an honor cordon outside the church, the Posting of Colors, a hotshot prayer, a bell ceremony, presentations to the family and Charlie’s “Last Call,” a tradition honoring firefighters who who have died in the line of duty with a final radio call, recognizing the end of his watch.
The 39 year old firefighter died while conducting fire suppression on the El Dorado Fire along California State Route 38 (Highway 38) near Angelus Oaks on Thursday, September 17th, 2020.
Additional details about what led up to Charlies Morton’s death have not been released.
The El Dorado Fire erupted Saturday, September 5th, 2020, with officials linking the cause of the blaze to a pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party.
Cards and condolences can be sent to the Morton family at: P.O. Box 63564, Irvine, CA 92602. For FedEx and/or UPS: 1 League # 63564, Irvine, CA 92602 in care of “Support for Charlie.”
A GoFundMe page has also been set up by Charlies’ Family at:
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Squad Boss Firefighter Charles ‘Charlie’ Morton. Thsnk you for your service and for working hard to help protect and save lives along the fire lines.