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07-22-2013, 10:04

Brian Wolf, a Downey native who rose the ranks of the Downey Fire Department to eventually become a captain and battalion chief, died Sunday afternoon following a two-year battle with melanoma cancer.

Raised in Downey, Wolf, 44, was a firefighter his entire adulthood. He recently oversaw the recruitment of Downey's nine newest firefighters, who graduated last month.

"Today is a sad, tragic day for Downey," said Mayor Mario Guerra. "Downey lost one of its own."

Out of privacy for the family, city officials did not offer details on Wolf's passing. A procession of Downey firefighters and police officers was escorting his body Sunday night to a Bellflower mortuary.

Firefighters from Vernon, Montebello, Santa Fe Springs and Compton were handling fire and medical emergency calls in Downey Sunday night.

Wolf was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma cancer in 2011. Friends, family and co-workers rallied, raising more than $7,000 to send Wolf and his family to enough to Texas for a Dallas Cowboys game.

"Very sad day for the DFD," Darren Moon, a retired Downey fire marshal, wrote on Facebook. "Brian was a dedicated firefighter who took great pride in both his family and his career. He was a great man and will be missed by many."


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07-22-2013, 10:25
very sad news indeed. He was there when I was an explorer for DFD. My heart and prayers goes out deeply. You will be missed . RIP brother.

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07-22-2013, 12:12
I didn't know Chief Wolf; but, I think it's great that he was a Downey native who joined his hometown department and rose through the ranks. What a great life of service to the place he loved.

Support to the Wolf family and Downey FD.

07-22-2013, 12:41
This is sad. I remember being an Auxiliary Firefighter back in '06-'07. and these guys are tight together. Blessings go out to the family and the Downey Fire Department. They lost a great person, but God is a living God. Let's not loss the great memories that within our hearts.


07-22-2013, 16:11
He was a good man. Brian got hired at the age of 19 years old as an fire explorer and Downey sent him thru the fire academy at Rio Hondo and when he got through the academy he was a fulltime FF. He ran our explorer post from 1989 to 1991 with a few other FF's at the time. I got to run some great calls and fight some good fires as a young kid right out of high school. Lost touch when I left the department after being an explorer and a reserve for 4 years. Come to find out he rose through the ranks from a boy scout fire explorer to batallion chief. I never forgot him. Sad loss for his family and The Downey Fire Department.