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Los Angeles County Fire Department Loses a ‘Legend’

Brian "Buck" Ballentine passed away this week after an illness. (Photo/Los Angeles County Fire Department)

Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Ballentine, a “legend” in the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Air Operations Unit, passed away this week after an illness.

Ballentine, better known by “Buck,” served the county for more than three decades.

“He will be remembered for his kindness, his incredible sense of humor and his love of his family,” wrote Los Angeles County Firefighters, IAFF Local 1014 on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and our fire family.”

He was 55 years old. Services have not been announced.