September 18, 2004 by

Eva Schicke

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eschicke.jpgEva Schicke, the first female firefighter with the California Department of Forestry to die in the line of duty, was killed on Sept. 12 at the age of 23.
A member of an elite helicopter firefighting crew, Schicke and her colleagues were building a firebreak ahead of the wildfire raging through the Tuolumne River Canyon in the Stanislaus National Forest in Northern California when she was overcome by flames. Six other firefighters also suffered injuries in the blaze.
Schicke studied criminal justice and played Division II college basketball at California State University at Stanislaus. She spent the past four-and-a-half seasons working as a firefighter.
“Eva’s death is a tremendous loss for the California Department of Forestry not only because she was the first female firefighter to lose her life in the line of duty, but because she bravely risked her life to protect our homes and ensure our safety. In the face of danger, Eva acted with courage and commitment, giving her life for the protection of her fellow Californians,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. Flags at the Capitol in Sacramento were lowered to half-staff in her honor.
Brian Chambers, 34, is in custody on an arson charge; he’s accused of purposely starting the 800-acre forest fire with a match that was inserted inside a cigarette.

18 Responses to Eva Schicke

  1. C.D.

    She was beautiful in every sense of the word and I wish I could have known her better. Her service was the most amazing and at the same time sadest thing I have ever seen.

  2. J.P

    It is a truly sad day when a firefighter dies in the line of duty. She is a tribute to the fire fighter spirit.
    My God bless her family and friends
    She will be remembered as the hero she was!

  3. Blaster

    May Eva always be happy now. May her memory and her deeds live on forever. May peace, serenity, and blessings always follow her family and friends and fellow firefighters.
    ………………

  4. Mike DaRosa

    It’s truly sad to see another Fire Fighter go down in the line of duty. May peace comfort her family and those who personally known Eva.
    I’m consistibg of a Power Point Project that will be presented to a County Highschool on Wildland Fire Fighting and a section will be dedicated to Eva and have a moment of silence for her as well
    Godbless Eva and Her Family
    Mike DaRosa
    CDF Mariposa Ranger Unit

  5. Steven Da Rosa

    A fire fighter that special had to die on a horrible fire like this. godbless her and every firefighter that got hert.we will always remember she is probely puting out fire in heaven…..godbless eva schicke

  6. steve darosa

    I wrote earleier about eva schicke I just wanted to say me and my brother thaTS A FIREMEN ARE MAKING POSTAL STAMPS FOR EVA SCICKE….THIS FIREFIGHTER WAS SPECIAL TO ME AND EVERY FIREFIGHTER AROUND…..GODBLESS HER

  7. Julianne

    From a fellow female wildland firefighter & forester, I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and co-workers of Eva Schicke. The firefighting community is a small one, particularly when it comes to forest firefighting — we fight fire together (blood, sweat, tears, cold nights & hot days, sore muscles, long hours, etc.) & become family & it truly hurts to lose one of our own. In the moments of sadness, you must remember that Eva loved firefighting, and she died among close friends, doing what she loved to do. Through her death, Eva has inspired others and her memory will live on! I did not know Eva, but have read quite a bit about her — she was a great person & reminds me of myself in many ways.

  8. steve darosa

    I just wanted say that the stamps where made for eva schike. I am till really upset that she passed away if a terrible fire and how ever started this must suffer for killing a beautiful firefighter like eva schicke

  9. cam

    I had the honor of visiting the smokejumpers out of Redding…
    Eva… you are not forgotten… they remember you.. I remember you
    cam
    Sergeant Los Angles County Sheriff

  10. jasmine

    thank you eva for fighting for our life and to your family i hope that you could over come this death because it was time for the lord to call her home.with all my support love jasmine

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