WHITTIER — Greenleaf Avenue will be closed between La Cuarta and Walnut streets Tuesday morning as firefighters pay tribute to longtime veteran who died last week.
Capt. Gary Morgan, 56, died on Christmas Day after a long bout with illness, officials said. He retired from the department last year.
Firefighters will hold a ceremony in front of Fire Station 28, which is expected to require the closure of the portion of Greenleaf Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Whittier police officials said.
The 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department made headlines in October of 2000 when he cheated death after falling through a floor and into a burning basement while battling a massive commercial building fire in Whittier. Fellow firefighters came to his rescue.
After recovering from major injuries including second- and third-degree burns and burned lungs, Morgan returned to work at Station 28.
A funeral service for Morgan is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 12058 Beverly Blvd., according to Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary.
The service will conclude at the internment site on the Portal Lawn inside Gate 1 of Rose Hills, 3888 Workman Mill Road.