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Subject: Acting Secretary Mike Dayton Issues Statement Regarding Death of Deputy Fire Chief Mark Cooper

Acting Secretary Mike Dayton today issued the following statement regarding the death of Deputy Fire Chief Mark Cooper of the California Emergency Management Agency Fire & Rescue Branch:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of this loss in our Cal EMA family. Mark dedicated his life to ensuring the safety of all California residents, and his honorable service will forever be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

Deputy Fire Chief Mark Cooper, 59, died Monday, September 5, 2011 at 8:12 a.m. after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, CA. He is survived by wife Marsha, mother Doris and loving family and friends.

Details about arrangements by the family and remembrances will follow from the Fire & Rescue Branch as they become available.

Tina Walker, Chief
Office of Media Relations and Public Information

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