LAKESIDE (CNS) - A 22-year-old inmate firefighter, who suffered a severe leg wound last week while helping to extinguish a brush fire in the Lakeside area, died today of his injuries.
Frank Anaya severed a femoral artery while using a chain saw to clear away vegetation at the site of the blaze off Los Coches Road on the afternoon of July 5, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Anaya, a native of Ventura County, underwent multiple surgeries before succumbing to his injuries about 4:30 this morning, the state agency reported.
"We are saddened by the death of Frank Anaya, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan said.
"Anaya provided an invaluable public service and helped protect our communities from devastating fires."
Anaya had been assigned to La Cima Conservation Camp in Julian since April while serving a three-year sentence for spousal abuse and firearm violations, including carrying a gun while taking part in gang activity, CDCR spokesman Bill Sessa said.
One person was killed Monday morning when a motorcyclist and tanker truck collided near Naval Base San Diego, authorities said.
Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins will depart San Diego for deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility Monday.
Transportation officials Monday celebrate the completion of $28 million in improvements to the Oceanside Transit Center that they say will make holiday travel much smoother in the region.
Border patrol agents are still investigating Monday after a dangerous smuggling attempt off the La Jolla coast turned deadly Saturday night.
The sea of pink continued Sunday with 2,200 people marching in the name of breast cancer research funding on the third - and final - day of the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day.
Five people beat to unconscious a 37-year-old man and then took his cell phone at the Horton Plaza in San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
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