Captain Tim Strack, 53, passed away after suffering a job-related heart attack on April 1, 2023. Captain Strack served the City of Riverside Fire Department with honor for 28 years. Brother Strack was a longtime selfless servant as the President of the Riverside City Firefighters’ Association, Local 1067 for 21 years and a voice for every frontline firefighter as California Professional Firefighters 1st District Vice President for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Wendy, and their three children; Madeline, Justin and Isabella.
Department : Riverside City Fire Department Rank : Firefighter/Paramedic Birthday : 04/11/1968
Date of Death : 12/27/2009
Firefighter Eric Botkin fought a tough fight against cancer and passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Eric will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters at Local 1067. Riverside City Firefighters Local 1067 and the City of Riverside Fire Department are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Eric Botkin from brain cancer on December 27th. He was 41 years old. Brother Botkin served the City of Riverside Fire Department for nearly 20 years as a firefighter paramedic before his condition forced him to retire on disability in 2007. Throughout his career, Botkin also served as a fire investigator and obtained his Engine Certification. Brother Botkin's last assignment was Fire Station 13 on Canyon Springs Boulevard. He will be dearly missed by his fire department family. Brother Botkin was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Hallie, and his ten year-old son Hunter.
Eduardo B. Teran
Department : Riverside City Fire Department Rank : Firefighter/Paramedic Birthday : 06/21/1962
Date of Death : 11/05/2005
Ed lived a rich and fulfilling life. He was in the best business one could ever be a part of‚ the business of saving lives. This was exemplified through his 17 years of service as a Firefighter with the City of Riverside‚ as well as the time he spent as a member of the Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 6 in which Ed was deployed with after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
His sense of humor‚ strong work ethic and devotion to his job‚ family and his fellow brothers and sisters of the R.F.D. will be remembered as a source of happiness to all of those who knew him.
Ed will also be remembered through his high school‚ St. John Bosco‚ by a scholarship set in his name and through the Riverside City Firefighters Association Local 1067 who will continue to raise money for the Arrowhead Burn Center. Ed played a huge part in raising money for burn survivors and helped each year with sending kids to the annual summertime burn camp with t-shirts‚ hats and backpacks.
Forty-three years of memories will help those who knew him best‚ even in these – the darkest of times‚ to remember him for the great man and hero he was.
Ed is survived by his wife Nanci‚ Daughter Lauren‚ Sisters Sylvia‚ Anita‚ and Maria along with his mother Graciela as well as the Brother and Sisters of the City of Riverside Fire Department and the Riverside City Firefighters Local 1067.
Department : Riverside City Fire Department Date of Death : 7/29/1997
After having been inspired to pursue a career in the fire service through a television commercial, Guadalupe “Lupe” Olivas went to his local fire department, became a volunteer, and began taking classes at the local community college in pursuit of a degree.
Lupe was able to find his passion through the fire service and joined the Riverside City Fire Department in 1983; he was promoted to Engineer in 1988 and Captain in 1992. During his 14 years with the department, he was known for his positive, caring attitude toward everyone he came in contact with.
Lupe was an active part of his community, through his participation as department spokesperson for the KDIF Spanish radio station, coordinator for the Youth Education Motivation Program, and as a mentor for UC Riverside’s “Soy Hombre.” When off duty, he enjoyed spending time with his family, attending church, and watching the Lakers’ basketball games.