Station 69 Firefighter Dies While Off-Duty

Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighter III Richard Tucker, most recently assigned to LAFD Station 69 in Pacific Palisades, died while off duty on Tuesday, March 12, in Valencia.

Tucker, 59, joined LAFD on August 13, 2001.

“The Los Angeles Fire Department is deeply saddened to announce the off-duty death of Firefighter III Richard G. Tucker,” a March 12 LAFD news release read. “We are grateful to the Los Angeles County Fire Department for their efforts to assist Firefighter Tucker, and LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas and the men and women of the Department extend our sincerest condolences to his family at this time.”

“He was a hard working, contributing firefighter who served the community of the Pacific Palisades for the past five years,” Fire Station 69 Captain Jeff Brown told the Palisadian-Post.

“He was a valuable asset to the on-goings of Fire Station 69. He had a construction and handyman background and was involved in many fire station projects over the years. He will be missed.”

A service for Tucker will be held at the Frank Hotchkins Memorial Training Center, 1700 Stadium Way in Los Angeles on Friday, March 22, at 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. For more information, visit

“I worked around Rich a good part of my late career,” a comment on Tucker’s memorial page read. “He was a talented individual with a witty personality. He always wore a smile on his face, and it was an honor to have known him. Rest in peace, Brother.”