Leonard Edgar (Ed) Temby
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Passed away in Redlands, CA, Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Born December 21, 1922 in Colton, CA, Ed was a heroic giant to his family, in service to his country, and in his profession. While serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was in the 1884th Engineers Aviation Battalion. After discharge, he returned to Colton and joined the Colton Fire Department as a driver and was promoted to and served as Captain for 10 years. He was then promoted to and served as Fire Chief for 22 years. During that time, he also served as President of the California Fire Chiefs' Association (1967 1968) and concurrently served for 12 years as the Assistant City Manager. In 1966, he became Chairman of the Bomberos program for the California Fire Chiefs' Association and held that position for 13 years. In that capacity, he coordinated and supervised an annual training program for 150 firefighters and fire officers from Mexico and Guatemala. Ed was the inspiration and founder of the San Bernardino Valley College fire technology program. He became a leader in developing a new training program for firefighters. He developed the first area-wide training program involving the burning of surplus buildings for live training purposes, coordinated area-wide fire-fighting techniques, and created the first closed-circuit television channel for fire stations with education training for college credits. That program was later moved to Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, CA. Ed along with Dr. Tom Zirkle (Loma Linda University Medical Center burn surgeon and Deputy Fire Chief) developed the initial paramedic program for San Bernardino County that ultimately moved to Crafton Hills College. Upon retirement in 1977, Ed was asked to run for Colton City Council and was elected in 1978. In 1987, he was again asked by Victor Valley Community College to create a fire technology program for them after which Ed went into full-time retirement. His professional affiliations included not only the California Fire Chiefs' Association, also the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association. Ed was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth and his second wife Stella. He is survived by his loving son Leonard Temby and daughter Jackie Barden. Ed leaves three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. There will be a private interment for family, close friends and active and retired members of the Colton Fire Department at Hermosa Cemetery in Colton on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. At a later date, there will be a Celebration of Ed's life at Crafton Hills College. Cortner Chapel directing.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Dec. 9, 2012