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Groups donate $42,000 to families of firefighters killed in Station fire

October 7, 2009 | 10:30 pm

The Los Angeles County Fire Department announced today that it received $42,000 in donations from two organizations to help the families of two firefighters killed battling the huge Station fire.

One donation of $30,000 was made by the Master Wan Ko Yee International Cultural Institute, which promotes Chinese culture and arts. An additional $12,000 was donated by the United Relief Committee, which provides help to disaster victims, the Fire Department said.

The money will be shared equally by the families of Capt. Tedmund "Ted" Hall and Firefighter Spc. Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones. They died Aug. 30 when their truck plunged 800 feet into a ravine.

"Both families are truly thankful for the donations from the organizations and will definitely use the monies to help support their losses," said Battalion Chief Mike Brown of the County Fire Department.

--Robert J. Lopez