Ralph D. Urquiza

Los Angeles City
October 7, 2010

Urquiza.Ralp_Photo RESIZEDRalph Urquiza wanted to join the fire service at an early age. The challenge and excitement of battling a burning building and helping others fueled his passion to master his trade. He received a Medal of Valor when he helped rescue a victim trapped in the rubble following the Northridge earthquake. He devoted his time to mentoring the Explorer Program. He was also a member of the original USAR Task Force and was working on his certification to travel worldwide as a USAR team member. His hobbies included camping, hiking and running, as well as spending time with his family. He died of a job-related aneurism at 52.

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