A memorial service was held Friday for a California firefighter who was killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles. Charles Morton, 39, was a squad boss for the Big Bear Interagency Hotshots. (Sept. 25)
MONICA TAPIA: Charlie was one of a kind. Love is one of those things that makes life enjoyable and worth living. But is also the one thing that can make life so painful. Love is something that, once you have it, it cannot be taken away from you. No mountain, no accident, no wildfire can take away the love that Charlie gave me.
I thank God for letting me spend these past 10 years with Charlie. Even though our time was cut short, we lived. We loved. Our lives were fulfilled. Charlie gave me a life that some only dream of having. Charlie gave me his whole heart, and I gave him mine.
- San Bernardino acknowledges fallen firefighter, Charles Edward Morton, is out of service. Godspeed and farewell.