A fallen Los Angeles County Fire Department captain, who lived in Santa Clarita, will be honored at the upcoming California Fire Foundation 2014 Memorial Ceremony.
Fire Station 111 Fire Captain John D. Mazzocco will have his name added to the Memorial Wall in Sacramento Oct. 11.
Fifteen names will be added to the Memorial Wall, joining more than 1,200 California firefighters who have paid the ultimate price since California became a state in 1850, according to theCalifornia Fire Foundation website.The annual ceremony provides an opportunity for firefighters, families and the public to pay their respects to the men and women on public safety’s front lines.
Our Department mourns the loss of Fire Captain John D. Mazzocco of Fire Station 111, who passed away after a long-term illness on Dec. 12, 2013, at the age of 48, according to the Los Angeles County Firefighters Memeorial website. Mazzocco, son of retired Battalion Chief Bob Mazzocco, began his career with our department in 1986 and was a resident of Santa Clarita, a community he served for the majority of his tenure.
More information about the event can be found on the California Fire Foundation website.
SCVHistory Obituary on Mazzocco
John D. Mazzocco was raised in the Santa Clarita Valley where he attended Newhall Elementary, Placerita Junior High and graduated from Hart High School in 1983. John played four years of baseball and football at Hart before attending Piece College where he continued football while pursuing a career in the Fire Service.
John and his wife Lori met on a blind date in 1988 and both knew instantly that they had met the person of their dreams. They have been inseparable soul mates ever since.
John and Lori were married in 1991, son Matthew arrived in December of 1993 followed soon by Michael in July of 1995.
He was hired in 1986 as a firefighter with the Los Angeles County Fire Department where he worked in a variety of assignments, spending most of his career in the Santa Clarita Valley. John served as firefighter, paramedic, engineer and Captain at Fire Stations 111 and 73.
As a family they enjoyed traveling to many locations where John taught the boys a love for different experiences, cultures, history and above all, to have compassion for their fellow man. Appreciating what the world has to offer and not living in a bubble were lessons regularly passed down.
Whether good or bad experiences, there were many “Mazzocco Adventures.”
John is preceded in death by his mother Karen Mazzocco and is survived by his wife and best friend Lori, sons Matthew and Michael, father Bob (Helena) Mazzocco, brothers Tom (Gypsy) & Mike (Loni) Mazzocco, his wonderful in-laws, Alex & Patt Kerr and numerous loved ones.
He will be greatly missed.