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Shock Over Death Of Ventura County Firefighter In Santa Barbara County Accident

Firefighters hold motorcade to bring body of fallen Ventura County firefighter Ryan Olser from Santa Barbara County to Ventura County

There’s shock and sadness in the public safety community on the Central and South Coasts, following the death of a Ventura County firefighter who was helping to fight Santa Barbara County’s Canyon brush fire.

The CHP is still trying to determine exactly what happened.

A water tanker based in Ventura County, with two Ventura County firefighters on board overturned just after six this morning on Highway 246 and Purisma Road, just northeast of Lompoc.

Ryan Osler, an 18 year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department, died when the tanker ended up on its side.

Captain Ron Oatman, with the Ventura County Fire Department, says everyone is still in shock over the news. He says Osler, who was married and the father of two, was a second generation firefighter. Osler’s father Ralph was also an engineer with the Department.

Firefighters set up memorials on Highway 101 overpasses as Osler’s body was returned from Santa Barbara to Ventura County Wednesday afternoon. There’s no word yet on funeral plans.

The second firefighter in the tanker escaped with minor injuries.

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. 
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