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Family Thanks Corona Fire for Saving Home and Family Heirlooms

Post Date:03/12/2018 10:58 AM


For Immediate Release
March 9, 2018 


CORONA, CA– On Dec. 5, 2017, Corona Firefighters fought to save a three-generation family home filled with priceless memories, while being deployed as mutual aid for the Thomas Fire. The Rogers family whose home was saved will be taking the time to join Corona Fire in an effort to show their appreciation later this month.

When the Thomas Fire ravaged the mountainside near their home, jumping three lots to consume the back of their property, the Corona Fire crew raced to take a stand and fight the fire’s progression. When it became evident that the fire was gaining ground, the crews split into two groups. One group to fight the fire and protect the home, while the other group was given an assignment to grab items they thought the families would want saved. 

The first crew managed to limit the destruction of the fire to the garage and part of the family room.  The other crew grabbed items they had saved and packed them neatly in the back of the Rogers’ minivan that was left in their driveway.

The team’s valiant efforts saved two generations of growth charts on the walls and three generations worth of memories including family portraits, photo albums, quilts, handmade jewelry boxes, violins, and 45” records.

In a letter written to the Department from Amanda Rogers, a daughter of a 45-year law enforcement officer, shared her appreciation for our first responders, as she “knows what it is like to have an empty chair during the holidays.”

“The Corona Engine crew showed empathy and courage in their actions which resulted in saving the Rogers’ priceless home and memories,” said Fire Chief David Duffy.  “I am so proud of our Corona Firefighter’s professionalism and caring during this devastating fire”.


About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona visit

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Corona Fire Department
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