View Full Version : LODD: John Duff, City of Ventura

02-21-2013, 12:10

Retired Fire Captain John Duff passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013 following a hard fought battle with cancer. His family was at his side. John was a member of the Department for nearly 30 years coming to us from Fallbrook, California.

John Duff was hired in 1981 as a Firefighter, promoted to Fire Engineer in 1991 and Fire Captain in 1997. In 2010, he retired to battle this job-related cancer. He is survived by his wife Diana, children Ben, Hanna, and Caleb.

Captain Duff was an outstanding member of the Department. He had a deep interest and raw talent in providing better and safer emergency services to the public. John was one of our first water rescue technicians, was on the forefront of handling hazardous materials incidents, and furthered the Ventura Fire Departmentís role in rescuing people from difficult places as part of the Urban Search and Rescue team. He was a member of many department committees that shaped how we provide service today. He especially enjoyed the Apparatus Committee and designing new fire engines.

His talents were not used only in the City of Ventura. He interacted with many partner fire agencies in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. He was a Training Captain to the fire academy, assisted other fire agencies in proctoring promotional exams and taught many specialty courses.

John received several commendations for his work performance in emergency operations and public education.

John served his Department and his peers as an active board member of the Ventura City Firefighters Association, having been elected President for several terms.

02-21-2013, 12:41
RIP Brother Duff. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Now, no more pain or suffering. We thank God for the time He gave you to all of us.