TRIBUTE TO A FELLOW FIREFIGHTER-Kern County, California City, and Tehachapi firefighters along with an honor guard of motorcyclists, family members, and friends mounted one of the largest and most impressive funeral corteges in recent history to pay respects to Kern County Firefighter Thomas John Hoffman. Fire equipment from all over East Kern enters Mojave Cemetery following the procession from California City
Kern Firefighter Thomas John Hoffman laid to rest Tuesday
|Procession honors county firefighter|
BY BILL DEAVER
MOJAVE - One of the longest funeral processions in East Kern memory honored Thomas John Hoffman, a Kern County Firefighter who passed away August 25, 2001.
The procession, led by California Highway Patrol officers including motorcycle officers from Bakersfield, a contingent of Hoffman's motorcycle-riding friends, and county, California City, and Tehachapi fire engines, traveled from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in California City to Mojave Cemetery Tuesday morning.
|Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Justa Hoffman of Mojave, daughters Teresa Hoffman of San Luis Obispo, Janette Hoffman of Mojave; sons Thomas Hoffman Jr. and Erik Hoffman, both of Mojave, and one grandchild.|
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Thomas Hoffman Jr. Memorial Fund established at Mojave Desert Bank in Mojave.