A state fire chief has died after losing consciousness while on an investigative assignment in Santa Cruz.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that 47-year-old Rob Van Wormer was pronounced dead at Dominican Hospital around 8 p.m. Saturday. He was the Santa Clara Unit Battalion Chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Cal Fire has not released additional details about the circumstances of Van Wormer's death except to say that there were numerous attempts to revive him. The cause of death is also not known.
"This is a huge loss for Rob's family, his many friends, his CAL FIRE family and the fire service as a whole. Please join me in keeping the Van Wormer family in your thoughts during this very difficult time," wrote CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott on CAL FIRE's website.
Van Wormer had spent 24 years with Cal Fire.
Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement on Monday that flags at the Capitol will be flown at half-staff in Van Wormer's honor.
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