“Condolences for Victims of Cabazon Helicopter Crash: Bischof, Rodriguez, Sousa”

Three first responders tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash while battling a brush fire in Cabazon. The victims have been identified as Cal Fire Assistant Chief Josh Bischof, Fire Captain Tim Rodriguez, and contracted pilot Tony Sousa. Condolences and support have been expressed by local, state, and national leaders, as well as fellow first responders. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. KESQ reported

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Following a helicopter crash in Cabazon that resulted in the deaths of three first responders who were battling a brush fire, local, state, and national leaders have expressed their condolences.

On Sunday evening, two helicopters crashed while fighting a fire in Cabazon, resulting in the deaths of three first responders. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the crash.

The victims have been identified as Cal Fire Assistant Chief Josh Bischof, Fire Captain Tim Rodriguez, and contracted pilot Tony Sousa.

“I had the opportunity to work with Chief Bischof many times. He was approachable and always willing to mentor others. He always had a smile on his face. The same can be said for Captain Rodriguez, who was dedicated to the air program and showed great devotion,” said CAL FIRE Captain Richard Cordova.

CAL FIRE Division Assistant Chief Josh Bischof (Left) and CAL FIRE Captain Tim Rodriguez (Right)

The tragic loss of these three courageous first responders has been deeply felt across the nation.

California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement on Monday morning.

First Lady Jill Biden also expressed her condolences on Twitter, responding to a message from Edward A. Kelly, the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Local Congressmembers Ken Calvert and Raul Ruiz also expressed their condolences.

County Supervisor Manuel Perez also expressed his condolences.

Local first responders and city leaders also shared messages of support for the families and colleagues of the fallen heroes.

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