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Fallen Ventura County firefighters honored at memorial service

Two fallen firefighters who served in Ventura County were honored at a memorial service at the Ventura County Government center Saturday morning.

Oxnard Fire Captain Scott Carroll and Ventura County Fire Engineer Ryan Osler had their names etched into the granite of the Ventura County Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

The 12th annual memorial ceremony began at 10 a.m. on the lawn surrounding the memorial.

Surviving family members were given a folded flag to honor the fallen firefighters and a bell rang out to symbolize the firefighter’s last call.

The Ventura County Fallen Firefighters Memorial honors those who died in the line of duty from traumatic injury or job-related illness. Since 2004, the annual ceremony represents each of the eight fire agencies serving the county, including Ventura County, Oxnard, Ventura City, Federal Fire, Santa Paula, Fillmore, CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service.

Carroll and Osler joined 42 other firefighters enshrined on the memorial.

Ventura County Fire Captain Mike Lindbery provided these biographies:

Carroll, 48, was a second-generation firefighter with more than 25-years of service. He started as a Federal Firefighter in Ventura and a seasonal firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service before settling in Oxnard. He died on November 30, 2015, of a brain aneurysm.

Osler, 38, died in a line of duty vehicle accident on the Canyon Fire in Santa Barbara County on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. He was a second-generation, 18-year firefighter veteran with the Ventura County Fire Department.

For more information about the Ventura County Fallen Firefighters Memorial, click here.

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