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Fallen firefighter Christopher Douglas honored in Thousand Palms

By Natalie Brunell, KESQ News Channel 3 & CBS Local 2 Reporter, Natalie.Brunell@kesq.com
Published On: Jun 08 2014 08:12:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 08 2014 08:13:00 PM CDT

Fallen firefighter Christopher Douglas honored in Thousand Palms. Natalie Brunell reports.

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. -

A fallen firefighter honored by his own.

"It's important for us to continue to honor his memory," said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Dorian Cooley.

It's been nearly one year since 8-year Cal Fire veteran Christopher Douglas was killed in the line of duty.

His wife, Amy, was pregnant with their second child at the time and still remembers that call like it was yesterday.

"When I found out, it was the worst feeling. It's what nightmares are made of," she recalled.

Sunday, Amy joined Christopher's fellow firefighters for a special ceremony at the Thousand Palms station where he served.

Here, the Desert Riders Association donated a plaque, which rests under the shade of an orange tree planted in his memory.

"It was Topher's favorite fruit," said Ken Fort of the DRA. which also donated the tree. It will be here for generations of firemen and they could always look at the tree and know it was given to a special person."

"It means so much to me, almost more now a year later to see the impact he made and how many people came out," Amy said.

People that included a very special guest. The daughter he never got the chance to meet, Bridget.

"Bridget has her dad's personality.  She smiles all the time.  My husband was a big personality, big smiler," Amy said.

"Amy has been through a tremendous amount, I can't even fathom what it's like to lose a partner," Cooley said, calling her his hero.

Amy says her and Christopher's son, Sammy, now 3, wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become a fireman.

"He is enthralled, he talks about his dad all the time. With Father's Day coming up it's hard having to explain where his dad is and that he's not coming home," Amy said.

For her children she hopes the plaque serves as a reminder their dad was indeed a hero.

"I hope that everyone who comes to the station sees that plaque and for at least a second want to know who's Chris Douglas," Amy said.