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Ceremony to mark additions to Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial

Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial in Carson City’s Mills Park. (Photo provided)
Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial in Carson City’s Mills Park. (Photo provided)
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Updated: 10/09/2013 4:50 pm
CARSON CITY — Plaques with the names of Clark County Capt. Paul Young and North Las Vegas Firefighter Dean Tajima will be added to those of other Nevada firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty on the Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial on Saturday.

The 10 a.m. formal ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at the Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial in Carson City’s Mills Park.

The ceremony will conclude the week-long observance of National Fire Prevention Week in Nevada and will be conducted by incoming Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial Chairman Rusty McAllister, a captain with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada.

Members of the Clark County Fire Department, North Las Vegas Fire Department, East Fork Fire and Paramedic District and Carson City Fire Department Honor Guards will lead a combined fire service honor guard during the ceremony and will conduct the memorial bell ceremony.

Young, 55, and a native of Bordeaux, France, who attended Clark County schools, died Sept. 12, 2012, of cardiac arrest. His death, according to a news release, may have been related to his 36-year fire service career.

He joined the Clark County Fire Department in 1988 and was a captain at Clark County Fire Station 31 at the time of his death. At 19, he became the youngest paramedic in the state of Nevada. Young is survived by his wife, Jan and daughter, Nicole Danielle.

Tajima, 38, and a native of Las Vegas, died on May 24 after a brief battle with mesothelioma. Cancer is considered a line of duty death because firefighters are exposed to the numerous chemicals and smoke that are present at every fire. The cancer rate among firefighters is three times higher than the average person.

Tajima was a 5-1/2-year veteran of the North Las Vegas Fire Department. Before that he served five years as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. He is survived by his wife Crystal; daughters, Keira and Olivia; parents, Hiroshi and Kasuko; and brother, Eddie.

The addition of Young and Tajima and will bring the total number of names on the Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial wall to 68.

After the memorial ceremony, a plaque bearing the names of North Las Vegas Firefighter John W. Oceguera, Clark County Firefighter Mark L. Balen, and Reno Firefighter Charles T. Laking will be dedicated on the distinguished service section of the memorial.

Distinguished service recognition nominations are made by fire departments throughout the state or by the Board of Directors of the Nevada Firefighters Memorial. Up to five individuals can be recognized each year, with selection based on strict criteria.

The Nevada Firefighters’ Memorial was completed in 1994 and is maintained by a tax-exempt, non-profit organization including representatives from the Nevada Fire Chiefs’Association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada, Nevada State Firefighters Association and several Nevada career and volunteer fire organizations.

— From news release

Note: News 3 has been contacted by an attorney representing the estate of Paul Young who has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against various doctors. According to the attorney, his death “was the result of an aortic dissection which was not timely diagnosed,” and not directly related to his fire service career. 
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