I went through before they closed the road, head-on between bike and MWD flatbed truck. There were plenty of people there so I didn't stop, there were two tarps but one didn't look like it was covering much. I only saw one bike and it was a frame and engine, had also burned, there might have been another bike as that was what I was told later but not sure.
While I was waiting for my turn to pass a couple of Harley dudes rode up and said they were with the group and had left to get water for those waiting, that was before I saw what had happened.
By KEVIN TRUDGEON, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 10/11/2008 08:49:39 PM PDT
REDLANDS - Retired Redlands Fire Captain Darrell Feuerhahn and his wife Debbie died in a motorcycle accident on Highway 62 Friday, Oct. 10.
Off-duty members of the Redlands Fire Department posted guard at the Riverside County coroner's office in Perris.
The bodies were taken by an escort to Redlands Saturday afternoon and local firefighters from city, county and state fire departments lined the streets and saluted their fallen comrade. Feuerhahn retired from the Redlands Fire Department on Sept. 7 after 26 years of service. He was a founding instructor in a multi-agency truck company academy and an accomplished instructor in the fields of confined space, trench and elevator rescue, Fire Chief Jeff Frazier said in Captain Darrell Feuerhahn (Courtesy Photo)
"I was dumbfounded by the news," said Battalion Chief Greg Hostetler. "It's still hard to sink in that somebody who was under my command for the last three and a half year and who retired just five weeks ago is now gone."
"That's what we look forward to is retirement and spending time with out families."
Battalion Chief Jim Topoleski said news of Feuerhahn's death stunned many in the Redlands Fire Department.
"I just thought that couldn't be right when I first heard the news," Topoleski said. "And it struck members of the department just like that, complete and total disbelief."
"We're used to seeing tragedy on a daily basis, but when it hits one of us, someone you've known for 23 years and even more for some others, it just knocks you to the ground."
Topoleski said Feuerhahn was a big guy with a great sense of humor who was part of many innovative programs in the department.
"He helped bring the department along to where it is today," Topoleski said. "He really embodied strong work ethic and he cared about people. He ran a martial arts program for kids at his house at no cost." "He was a loving husband and father. He had planned lots of things before Members of the San Bernardino County Fire Department stand and salute as the escort of retired Redlands Fire Captain Darrell Feuerhahn and his wife Debbie goes down Orange Street Saturday afternoon. (KEVIN TRUDGEON/Redlands Daily Facts)
he left the department and had everything lined out as to how he wanted to do things. And he was living the dream he'd set up for himself."
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Captain Feuerhahn, 52, and Debbie, 54, were residents of Yucaipa. They are survived by son Darrell Jr., daughter Stephanie, his brothers Robert, Karl and Eric; and four-year-old twin granddaughters Harley and Kiera. Darrell Jr. is a firefighter for the San Bernardino County Fire Department and is assigned to Fire Station 2.
"On behalf of the entire Redlands Fire Department and the City of Redlands, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to all of Captain Feuerhahn and Debbie's friends and family," said Frazier.
Information on memorial services was not known at press time.
E-mail Staff Writer Kevin Trudgeon at [email protected]
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