Memorial Service Planned for LB Fire Captain Hank Zavaleta

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A memorial service will honor Fire Captain Hank Zavaleta on May 14.

It is with the utmost sympathy and deepest regret that the Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 and the Long Beach Fire Department announce the passing of Fire Captain Hank Zavaleta from a long battle with brain cancer. He was 49.

Captain Zavaleta was well known throughout the fire service in southern California for his contributions to firefighter education and training and workplace health and safety issues. When Captain Zavaleta was diagnosed with brain cancer as an active firefighter, he continued to be an educator and advocate, this time for brain cancer survivors and their families. 

Remembering Zavaleta’s strong spirit, Deputy Chief Jeff Reeb stated, “Hank Zavaleta set the standard as a husband, as a father, and as a firefighter. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.” Rich Brandt, president of Long Beach Firefighters also remembers Zavaleta, “Hank was a man of courage and strength, the ultimate union firefighter.”

Memorial Service for Hank Zavaleta

Saturday, May 14, 2011
11:00 a.m. at SeaCoast Grace Church
5100 Cerritos Ave., Cypress.

Donations: Captain Zavaleta was a supporter of “Cranium Crusaders” whose mission is to fund brain cancer research. Those who wish to donate to this organization in Hank’s memory can do so here.

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