Leadership

Obituaries

Issue 8 and Volume 106.

Obituaries Chief Cecil R. Gehr Killed in Crash Cecil R. Gehr, Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, was killed July 14 when the car in which he was responding to a major brush fire was rammed amidships by an auto driven by a 20-year-old youth. Chief Gehr, 51, was a 29-year veteran with the County Fire Department and only a few days before the crash was highly praised by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his work in controlling a 35,000-acre fire in the Angeles National Forest. Ironically, the brush fire he was responding to started in another section of the same Angeles National Forest. Chief Gehr was alone in his official car and proceeding with siren and lights along Hollywood Way in Burbank en route to the brush fire. Driver of the other car, James J. Beinrich, 20, of Burbank, suffered only minor chest…

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