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Santa Barbara County firefighter dies in off-duty accident

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Santa Barbara County Firefighter Joey DeAnda died Saturday in a snowboarding accident in Fresno County.

Firefighter killed in snowboarding accident in Central California.

There’s shock on the Central and South Coasts over the death of an off-duty firefighter in a snowboarding accident.

Santa Barbara County firefighter Joey DeAnda died Saturday at the China Peak Mountain Resort, in Fresno County.

Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies say DeAnda was traveling down a ski run when he hit a tree. He was wearing a helmet, but the injuries were too severe for the 33-year-old man to survive.

He had been a firefighter since 2020. Before joining the fire department, he had worked as a paramedic, and as a dispatcher with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.