Roughly 300 Los Angeles County firefighters showed up to the graduation ceremony of the daughter of a colleague who was shot and killed while on duty by a disgruntled off-duty colleague, according to local reports.
Earlier this week, Firefighter Tory Carlon, 44, a 20-year veteran of the department, was on duty at an LA County Fire station in Agua Dulce when Jonathan Patrick Tatone, 45, who was off-duty at the time, allegedly entered and opened fire. Carlon was killed and a 54-year-old LA County Fire captain was wounded. The captain, who was reportedly shot multiple times, is recovering from his wounds following surgery, KABC reported on Wednesday.
Tatone reportedly set fire to his home before taking his own life, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the body was found in an empty pool on the property.
“It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce,” the department tweeted. “The Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enf. throughout this ongoing incident.”
It is with heavy hearts that the LACoFD confirms that a tragic shooting occurred at approximately 10:55 a.m. today at FS 81 in Agua Dulce. The Dept. is still in the process of gathering additional information & are cooperating with law enf. throughout this ongoing incident. (1/2)
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) June 1, 2021
But despite the tragic loss of her father, Joslyn Carlon nevertheless attended her high school graduation on Friday, and as she entered the College of the Canyons stadium, hundreds of firefighters dressed in black lined both sides of the entrance.
KABC reported that, as the graduating announcer read her name, her fellow seniors from Saugus High School stood and loudly applauded as she took to the stage to accept her diploma.
Joslyn wore her father’s firefighting jacket over her graduation robe and was escorted off the stage by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who is a friend of the Carlon family, the local outlet reported.
“To honor that beautiful girl tonight meant so much to me, to all my colleagues and my friends,” L.A. County firefighter-paramedic Gary Reichman told the outlet.
Carlon had two other daughters as well.
“To graduate from high school and not have your father here — who was a huge part of her life — and to lose, for me, a brother. This is the least we could do for her and her family,” noted Battalion Chief Nick Berkuta.
County Fire Chief Daryl Osby had earlier described Carlon as a “brave, committed, loyal member of our department.”
A GoFundMe account has been established for Carlon’s wife, Heidi, and the family. It describes Tory as “an extremely dedicated father and husband who brought a sense of calm to everyone.” It added that “he absolutely loved being a firefighter and serving others.”
As of this writing, more than $232,400 out of an initial goal of $200,000 had been donated.
After the shootings, hundreds of family and supporters held a vigil at Acton Park, near LA County Station 81, where the incident occurred, the Daily Mail reported.
“He was not scheduled to work today. He came back and confronted the on-duty personnel,” Osby told reporters after the incident. “I cannot speak to the mindset of the shooter. I can say that it’s very tragic and sad that that would be a decision point of one of the members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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