LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Fire Department held a memorial Friday in honor of Capt. Steve McCann, who died Feb. 9 after a medical emergency.
McCann, 48, died of cardiac arrest while on duty at Fire Station 166, according to a statement from Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014. Friday’s memorial service took place at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar, not far from the El Monte station where McCann was working when he died.
Colleagues, friends and family shared tearful goodbyes and funny memories about McCann, who they recalled as a loving father, a dedicated co-worker and “an ass” – “our ass.”
“These past couple of months have been devastating and heartbreaking for all of us. With Steve’s passing, we have felt the weight of [losing] another member of our fire department family. It has cast a dark shadow on our brothers and sisters who have worked closely with Steven, “interim fire Chief Anthony Marrone said.
McCann joined the County Fire Department in 2005 after serving in the U.S. Navy, Marrone said. During his 16-year tenure with the department, McCann worked in a number of different areas, including Lancaster, Baldwin Park and Commerce. He ultimately moved to El Monte, where he was promoted to captain in 2017.
“Steven loved his job. He took great pride in it, and it showed,” Marrone said. He added: He “exemplified what a true hero is: caring, selfless and brave.”
McCann’s El Monte crew remembered him as a funny, bright co-worker. Every day, his co-workers looked forward to his hilarious stories about his larger-than-life experiences in and outside of work, which were always kicked off by the phrase, “So there I was …,” his co-workers said.
“Steven was taken from us much too early,” Marrone said. He added: “He will never be erased from our hearts and memories.”
McCann’s daughter Kalysta McCann offered words on behalf of her two sisters, who stood with her while she told the audience how much they meant to her father.
Many speakers also reiterated how much Steve McCann loved his daughters.
“The amount of support and respect towards our dad is something my sisters and I can not even begin to fathom,” Kalysta McCann said. She added: “Even though it does not seem comprehensible now, he will always be here, and he will always support us in whatever we chose to do in life.”
Kalysta McCann also spoke directly to her late father.
“You deserved a much longer, happier life, but I promise we will stay strong for you, because you raised us that way. Thank you for all the beautiful memories, stories, advice and unconditional love,” she said.
Friends, family and colleagues also honored McCann on Thursday with a flag ceremony at Fire Station 166.