Funeral for Woman Firefighter
The California Department of Forestry says thousands are expected to attend a funeral ceremony today for the first woman firefighter in the state to die in the line of duty.
Friday, September 17, 2004
24-year-old Eva Schike was a member of an elite team that would be dropped from helicopters to battle wildfires. She was killed eight days ago while fighting a blaze in the in the Stanislaus National Forest. Shicke was the only one of the seven-member team to die. The C-D-F says Schike will receive a full honors ceremony today, which will include a procession from Sonora to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp were the funeral will take place. C-D-F Spokesman Tom Wells says 75 fire engines will accompany the procession and as many as five thousand people are expected to attend the ceremony. WELLS :07—We’ll have firefighters and law enforcement personnel from all over the state of California along with some people from out of state including some firefighters from New York City. Shike was one of 400 women firefighters who serve in the C-D-F’s corps of 35-hundred. The cause of the fire in which Schike died is still under investigation. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.