On April 12 Chief Bryan Zellnor of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection lost his life in an on duty auto accident.
His career path was textbook CDF as his assignments spanned the State from North to South with stops in between.
- Bryan started as a sleeper firefighter in Butte County
- Seasonal firefighter CDF Butte Unit
- Limited term FAE Butte
- Permanent Firefighter II Santa Clara Ranger Unit
- Promoted full time FAE, assigned to Ramona Air Attack Base San Diego
- Promoted Fire Captain at Bautista Cons. Camp in the Riverside Unit of CDF
- Promoted Battalion Chief and Chief of the Norco Conservation Camp.
- Promoted Deputy Chief to public education office for CDF in Sacramento
- Promoted Deputy Chief for Conservation Camp coordination and North Ops Operations
- Assistant Chief Operations in Tehama Glenn Unit
- Northern Region as Staff Chief for operations, Redding
Chief Zellnor worked on numerous Incident Command Teams for CDF as an Operations Section Chief, as a Plans Section Chief and was an Incident Commander.
Chief Zollner received the Medal of Valor in 1998 for an off-duty rescue of a child from a burning structure in Riverside.
His father and grandfather were firefighters.
He is survived by his wife, Pam; son, Ty; daughter, Alexia Moore; son-in-law, Charles Moore; two grandchildren; sister, Tracy Zollner; and parents Bob and Brenda Zollner.
Information in part from Oroville Mercury Review