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Funeral ProcessionLine-of-Duty Death Announcements

Unfortunately, emergency responders must sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their job. This section of the Web site is dedicated to announce, honor and memorialize our members that die in the line-of-duty.

Scott G. Coykendall 
Local Number: L1465
City, State: Costa Mesa, CA

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Engineer Scott G. Coykendall of IAFF Local 1465 - Costa Mesa, California. Brother Coykendall, 69, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from brain cancer.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12 noon at Glenkirk Church, 1700 Palopinto Avenue, Glendora, California 91741, (626) 914-4833.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1465, P.O. Box 2141, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-2141 or emailed to rgagne@cmfd.com.

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Ron L. Castro 
Local Number: L3631
City, State: Orange County, CA

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Firefighter Ron L. Castro of IAFF Local 3631 - Orange County, California. Brother Castro, 69, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from pancreatic cancer.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, 3800 South Fairview Street, Santa Ana, California 92704, (714) 979-4422.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 3631, 1900 E. Warner Avenue, Suite G, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

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Anthony C. Stephens 
Local Number: L1285
City, State: Las Vegas, NV

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Investigator Anthony C. Stephens of IAFF Local 1285 - Las Vegas, Nevada. Brother Stephens, 58, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from skin cancer.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12 noon at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, 6200 W. Lone Mountain Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130, (702) 658-2722.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1285, 502 S 9th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101-7011 or emailed to sjatbc@aol.com.

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Ardythe D. Hope 
Local Number: L1590
City, State: Wilmington, DE

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Ardythe D. Hope of IAFF Loal 1590 - Wilmington, Delaware. Sister Hope, 48, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016 after succumbing to burns she received as a result of the floor collapse which occurred on September 24, the same fire that took the lives of Lieutenant Christopher M. Leach and Firefighter Jerry W. Fickes, Jr.

A public Viewing will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 P.M. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, (302) 425-3929. A full Firefighter Funeral will commence at 1:00 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 1590, 804 Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805.

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