California Captain Killed by Suspected Drunken Driver Week Before Retirement

  • Source: nbc los angeles
  • Published: 10/14/2015 12:00 AM

A firefighter of 37 years, hero to his family and the Colton community, was tragically killed after a suspected drunken driver slammed into his ATV. David Lodarski, a father of two, was inspired by his father to become a firefighter. His son is following in his footsteps to carry on the tradition to become a firefighter as well. Now David's wife is devastated by the loss of her husband. "We met the week before my senior year in high school," said Cyndi Lodarski, David’s wife. "The only man I ever dated – the only guy that asked me out." Lodarski was a captain for 25 years, and set to retire a week before he was hit by a drunken driver. He and his son Hunter were going to go off-roading, and started driving down Reche Canyon Road. Surveillance video shows the ATV’s headlights as a vehicle strikes it from behind, sending Lodarksi and his ATV tumbling toward oncoming cars.


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