Procession held for LA County firefighter killed in Palmdale explosion

A procession was held Wednesday for Los Angeles County firefighter Andrew Pontious, who was killed last week in an explosion at a quarry in Palmdale. 

The body of Pontious, 52, was carried in a somber procession from the county medical examiner's office to the Forest Lawn-Covina Hills cemetery in preparation for funeral services.

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Pontious is survived by his wife, Kim; his stepdaughter, Sara; parents Gary and Ellie; brother, David, a former county fire department captain; and an extended family.

Multiple agencies participated in the procession, including firefighters from L.A. County, L.A. city, West Covina and Alhambra.

Pontious was a 19-year veteran firefighter. He served the communities of El Monte, Rosemead, and San Fernando during his career, according to the county fire department.

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Pontious was known for his exemplary work ethic, unwavering positive disposition and genuine love for helping people, department officials said.

Outside work, Pontious enjoyed cooking and had a passion for wildlife conservation. 

His family has established a GoFundMe page to assist with expenses.

City News Service contributed to this report.