The daughter of the firefighter, who was killed in a Los Angeles County fire station shooting, dawned her father’s firefighting jacket while graduating from high school last week.
Hundreds of firefighters in black uniforms were seen at the entrance to College of the Canyons as Joslyn Carlon and her family entered the ceremony.
When the announcer read her name, the students from Saugus High School in Santa Clarita applauded loudly as Joslyn walked on stage and tearfully accepted her diploma.
Over her robe, she dawned her father’s firefighting jacket. His name was Tory Carlon. As she walked off stage, she was accompanied by a sheriff’s deputy who is a friend of the Carlon family.
“To honor that beautiful girl tonight meant so much to me, to all my colleagues and my friends,” said L.A. County firefighter-paramedic Gary Reichman.
Carlon was a 44-year-old firefighter who had worked for the department for 20 years. Last Tuesday, he was shot and killed at the station in Agua Dulce.
The shooter was a fellow firefighter, identified as Jonathan Patrick Tatone, 45, who then drove to his own home in Acton, set it on fire and took his own life.
The two had been involved in an ongoing work-related dispute that has yet to be specified.
A 54-year-old fire captain was also wounded in the shooting and is recovering after surgery. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby had described Carlon as a “brave, committed, loyal member of our department.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to help Carlon’s family. A description on the site reads:
“On June 1st La County Fire Engineer Tory Carlon tragically lost his life at fire station 81 in Aqua Dulce. He leaves behind his wife, Heidi, and three young daughters. Everyone who knew Tory, loved him. He was an extremely dedicated father and husband who brought a sense of calm to everyone. He absolutely loved being a firefighter and to serving others. His family and friends are devastated by this loss. We appreciate all thoughts and prayers.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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