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July 29, 2009 > Logan graduate killed in firefighting accident

Logan graduate killed in firefighting accident

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A recent James Logan High School graduate, working as a firefighter in the Modoc National Forest, was killed Tuesday, July 21 while training to rappel from a helicopter.

Thomas Marovich, 20, of Hayward, was a 2007 Logan graduate who previously attended Barnard-White Middle School. While at Logan, he took fire service classes through the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program.

"Tom was a great kid, the kind of kid who came back to see you even after he'd finished your class," Logan economics teacher George Zuber said. "He knew what he wanted to do when he was in high school; I think he had that firefighting job lined up even before he graduated."

"Mr. Marovich was in his second year of a firefighter apprentice program," a Modoc Forest spokeswoman told the media, "and was among some 500 firefighters who had been fighting the Backbone Fire near Willow Creek in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. His crew was doing weekly training Tuesday morning when he fell approximately 200 ft from the helicopter and was killed."

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released the following statement on July 22:

"Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our deep sadness over the passing of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Thomas Marovich. Thomas selflessly dedicated his life to protecting our communities and saving lives and we are forever indebted to his service. Our hearts go out to Thomas' family, friends and fellow firefighters as they mourn this terrible loss."

Capitol flags were flown at half-staff in honor of Firefighter Marovich.

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