SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Central Coast lost one of its own at the beginning of the year.
Joseph De Anda, a beloved firefighter and paramedic for Santa Barbara County, died in a skiing accident at 33-years-old.
Today, the community did not just grieve but celebrated his life.
He was a firefighter, paramedic, and a Cal Poly journalism graduate who was a kid reporter for Newschannel 12 years ago.
Today started with a memorial service, then a graveside service at Santa Maria Cemetery, and a remembrance at Santa Maria Fairpark for a celebration of life.