Senate Leader Atkins’ Statement on Passing of Firefighter Charles Morton

September 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) issued the following statement regarding the death of native San Diegan Charles Morton, 39, a firefighter who died while battling the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest:

“San Diego, and the state, lost a true hero last week with the death of firefighter Charles Morton. Charles dedicated his life and his career to protecting our communities, from his start as a firefighter in the California Conservation Corps to his service as a squad boss with the Big Bear Interagency Hotshots. My sincere condolences go to his wife, daughter, and his entire family, as well as the firefighters with whom he served.”


Toni G. Atkins is President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Having previously served as Speaker of the California Assembly, she began her tenure in the Senate in 2016. As Senator for District 39, she represents the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Website of President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins: