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By Will Fritz
Associate Editor 

Community honors the life of firefighter Chris Mertz with memorial procession


Last updated 1/27/2021 at 4:24pm

line of firefighters

Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District lead a line of firefighters to move the remains of their comrade, Capt. Chris Mertz, before a procession in Temecula.

Area residents and firefighters turned out Sunday morning, Jan. 24, to honor 54-year-old Temecula resident and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Capt. Chris Mertz, who died Jan. 20, from complications related to COVID-19.

Mertz's family and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District personnel were present at Temecula Valley Hospital as his body was transferred to a waiting hearse, which they followed in a procession escorted by the California Highway Patrol to Miller-Jones Mortuary in Menifee. Meanwhile, crews from area fire departments, including Cal Fire Riverside, and many community members who wanted...

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