By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
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Inglewood, California: Family, friends and the fire department community came together to remember and honor the life of Firefighter Tory Carlon of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 81 during a memorial service held on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 inside The Forum.
Firefighter Tory Carlon passed away after being shot and killed in a shooting at the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Station 81 in Agua Dulce, California by an off-duty firefighter on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.
The 44 year old firefighter who was born and raised in the Antelope Valley, California, and was a 20 year veteran with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Firefighter Tory Carlon is survived by his wife Heidi and their three daughters.
During the memorial service, his wife Heidi with their three daughters as well as the fire department community spoke about Firefighter Tory Carlon being a loving husband and father; loved spending his free time with family, friends and coworker; coached his daughters’ softball teams; and loved taking his family to the lake to water ski and wakeboard.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby spoke about Firefighter Tory Carlon during the memorial service, saying, “This loss is extremely heartbreaking and tough.”
Chief Daryl Osby said he learned about a shooting inside one of the agency’s own fire stations, saying during the memorial service, “was some of the worst news that I’ve heard in my career.”
“And as a fire chief, I’ve dealt with a lot of death and a lot of fallen members of my department. And I’ve always prayed that we would never have a line-of-duty death. I never thought that if it occurred that it would occur in this fashion,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby described Firefighter Tory Carlon as “truly dedicated, one of our better firefighters, amazing, and a true loss to our department.”
Chief Daryl Osby said Tory started off as an explorer and spent some time with the United States Forest Service, and was getting fitted to the Ventura County Fire Department before getting the call to come to Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Chief Daryl Osby also said Tory gratulation in the top of his class, work most of his career in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clara Valley area, and was later promoted to firefighter specialist, and in 2015 began working at busy stations before working at Station 81.
“When we put this badge on, we recognize it has a higher meaning, that were here selflessly to serve others,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby then spoke about Tory was more then just a firefighter, he was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, coworker and friend.
“Tory loved his job; but when I met his family, I knew that that was his second love. His first love was his family,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby,
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby then spoke about how Tory was a truly dedicated, one of our better firefighters, amazing, and a true loss to our department.
“What I can say definitively is that the Los Angeles County Fire Department will never be the same without him. He was a great employee. He stood for all the department’s core values of caring, commitment, community, courage, integrity and teamwork,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby said that Tory will always be with us, and that, “he will greatly be missed, but he will never be forgotten.”
The Carlon family was presented during the memorial service with a Medal of Valor for Carlon’s brave service along with the Star and Stripes flag that was flying over Fire Station 81 the day of Carlon’s death.
Daughter of Firefighter Tory Carlon, Joslyn Carlon, spoke about her father during the memorial service, saying, “I looked up to him in so many ways. He was my best friend. We had such a special daddy daughter relationship. I don’t know where I would honestly be in life today if it wasn’t for him guiding me and teaching me.”
“My daddy raised his girls well. He taught us right from wrong and was such an amazing role model to have as a child. I hope I can carry that on to my younger sister, Brie, and share stories to her about him, because unfortunately, she only got six years with my daddy. And I also hope to carry it on to my own kids one day as well,” said Joslyn Carlon.
Joslyn Carlon later said, “It is crazy how much your life can change within a second. You don’t know what I would give to just hug my dad again, tell him I love him and see his beautiful smile just one last time. Life is too short to take anything for granted.”
A GoFundMe page established to support the Carlon’s family, which you can donate by going to:
As of Wednesday, more than $286,000 has been raised.
More information from the memorial service will be posted later on ZachNews.
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Firefighter Tory Carlon. Thank you for your service to the community.