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07-20-2010, 21:35
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Mike McGroarty was a man of extraordinary honor, intense dedication, a wicked sense of humor and a deep sense of dedication to his wife, his family, his brotherhood of firefighters and the community he served.

Mike died at home in Corona on June 7, 2010 surrounded by his family after a hard-fought battle with prostate cancer. Condolences and reminiscences poured in from around the world—from Russia where he led responders to the Leninakan earthquake in Soviet Armenia, from California where he lent his expertise to saving lives and preventing injuries in the aftermath of the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, and from Oklahoma City where he was among the many Urban Search and Rescue responders who helped after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995.

Mike maintained that the most memorable disaster response work for him was the World Trade Center bombing in 2001. When he returned to La Habra on September 23, he told of flying from Travis Air Force Base as the first wave of the California Urban Search And Rescue task force—with an escort of F15 fighter jets.

Michael McGroarty was a native Californian born in Los Angeles on September 2, 1949 to Charles and Jane McGroarty. A Pacifica High graduate, he went on to Rancho Santiago College, earning an associate’s degree in fire technology and paramedical science. Later he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne and a Lifetime California Community College teaching credential.

07-21-2010, 00:25

RIP Chief!

.....Kelly :)

07-21-2010, 08:10
Chief was an outstanding Chief and human being. I had the pleasure to be hired by him and work in the ambulance program in La Habra. What a great guy. He never made any abulance operator feel "lesser", but you always wanted to make sure that YOU knew your place, and that that place WOULD get you hired.

The fire service and world is a little "less" with the loss of Chief McGroarty

07-21-2010, 08:21
When I lived in La Habra many years ago, I had the fortune to speak with Mike in a 7-11 parking lot early on a Saturday.

I had spotted a beer delivery truck USAR rig and I stopped in order to try to figure out where that vehicle came from. Mike was heading out to conduct training on his time. Hell of a guy!

Did you know that Mike went on to work for OES (Now Cal-EMA?)

07-21-2010, 19:10
LOL......That was so true of that Haz Mat rig....a total beer truck! Yes I knew Mike had done that...he sent me patches for my collection!!!!

07-23-2010, 10:29
Can someone please confirm if Chief McGroarty's death is listed as a LODD. We would like to have it properly listed here.

Thank you