Memorial service for fallen firefighter scheduled for Friday

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. - A memorial service will be held Friday in Murrieta for Riverside County firefighter Christopher Douglas, who was struck by a pickup truck last Friday in Thousand Palms, it was announced today.

The service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at The Bridge Church, 38801 Calistoga Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The 41-year-old Temecula resident was struck by a Ford F-150 on the shoulder of eastbound Interstate 10 at the Monterey Avenue on-ramp about 9:40 a.m. Friday, where his engine truck was stopped.

Douglas, an apparatus engineer and paramedic, had been driving the engine and was struck by the pickup when he got out of the rig, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Stephanie Hamilton.

Douglas, an eight-year Riverside County Fire Department veteran based in Thousand Palms, was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he died about three hours later.

Douglas and his crew had been responding to a rollover crash on I-10 near Washington Street, and officials have not said why the engine stopped on the Monterey on-ramp.

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