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hat else can possibly be written about John Squire that would tell anyone reading this, what a great


person he was? What was there about him that set him apart from the rest? Why was it such a shock to hear of his illness? Most of us thought that tough old Marine would outlast all of us. He was a teacher, a problem solver, and a friend.


As a teacher, he taught his firefighters


to be safe and to know their job and duties. As a problem solver he taught us to use our brain to figure things out. As a friend he taught us to always be there for someone in need. He taught us all about dedication and love for the job. His last days were spent spending


quality time with family and friends. His death was sudden, but his life was not faint. He knew he lived a good life and it was time for his new journey to begin. His memory will always be with us, and his legacy will continue through the men and women of LAFD that he taught and mentored.


John would smile if he were here with


us today. He would have some funny story to tell to make everyone comfortable, and we would for a moment forget our sadness. I will miss my friend dearly, but I am so grateful for having known him. Those who knew him will never forget


John Squire. He taught us so much about fire- fighting, about life and about being a good and righteous person. Those that were lucky enough to have known and worked with him will contin- ue to pattern their lives from his teachings. He is gone physically from this world, but his memory will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those he touched. May God bless you John.


-Fred Lopez, Captain, LAFD retired


A


memorial service that honored the life of John was held Sunday, Feb- ruary 12, 2012 at the LAFD Museum and was coordinated with the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. Donations in his name may


be made to the Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Firemen’s Fund at the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, the Wounded Warrior Project, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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