Governor Newsom Statement on Death of CAL FIRE Firefighter 7.29.19

SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of CAL FIRE Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov:

“On behalf of all Californians, Jennifer and I extend our sincere condolences to CAL FIRE Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. It’s the work of brave firefighters like Yaroslav that keep our communities safe, and we are deeply grateful for his service.”

Firefighter Katkov, 29, of Escondido, suffered a medical emergency on Sunday while training with his engine crew. He was transported to the Temecula Valley Hospital and passed away this morning.

Firefighter Katkov began his career with CAL FIRE on August 18, 2018 as a seasonal firefighter. He is survived by his father, mother, Nadia and brother, Sam.

In honor of Firefighter Katkov, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.