In Memoriam: David Moorman

March 31, 2017

gv_apr-2017_david-moormanActive – Fire Station 96-C

Born – September 1, 1966
Appointed LAFD – October 11, 1989
Died – February 5, 2017


Eulogy by Chaplain Rick Godinez

As you all know, the LAFD is all about tradition. I’ve always appreciated that tradition and guys like Dave who set the bar high for the rest of us to follow. It is truly an honor for me to preside over this service. I truly meant that. What an honor it is for me to remember a man who bravely served his community as a Firefighter. And served his country on a National Response Team.

So what do we know about Dave Moorman? Dave was born in Van Nuys, California on Sept. 1, 1966. He was the second of three children born to parents Mark and Carol. He grew up in Northridge with his brother Casey and his sister Nicole.

As a young man, Dave grew up playing little league and Pop Warner football. Dave’s dad Mark was often his coach.

Dave attended Cleveland H.S. in his hometown. Just a few years later, he began his career with the LAFD on October 11, 1989.

In 1994, during a FS 60 River trip, he met a cute little blonde and asked if she wanted to go on a boat ride. Little did he know he was talking to his future bride. In 1996, Dave and Amy were married and started their family. Elizabeth was born and three years later, their son Richard was born.

Dave and Amy continued the River trips with the kids. Dave’s other passions were hiking, Alaska fishing, camping and of course working SOD. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed his Annual Bowling Competition in Las Vegas.

From start to finish, Dave was all about the LAFD. He loved the Department. Dave rose through the ranks as a Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Captain I and Captain II.

Throughout his firefighting career, he obtained many certifications and specialized in the areas of Hazardous Materials and Urban Search and Rescue. He was a member of California Task Force 1. This is one of FEMA’s 28 teams that respond anywhere in the nation.

Dave was deployed with his team several times to some of the most devastating disasters this nation has seen. In 2001, he responded to New York for the 9/11attacks. In 2005, he responded to Hurricanes Katrina & Rita and in 2008 to Hurricanes Gustav & Ike.

During his service with the LAFD, Dave earned a Medal of Merit in1996, when six firefighters from Los Angeles and Glendale were trapped and seriously burned at the Corral Canyon Fire. He was awarded this Medal of Merit for his bravery and courageousness, which was instrumental in the rapid removal, treatment and transport of those firefighters. He also received a Commendation in 2011 for a Confined Space Rescue

Dave loved the LAFD, and more importantly he loved spending time with his family and friends. He will truly be missed by everyone.

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