The 35-year-old man found dead in his car Wednesday at the Santa Barbara Airport’s fire station has been identified as firefighter Daniel Corrigan, officials announced Thursday. Corrigan was stricken with “an unknown medical emergency,” they said. His fellow firefighters found him in his car at the station and called for assistance. No foul play is suspected, and autopsy results are pending.

Daniel Corrigan and his son, Jack

Corrigan, a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus who started his career with the Fresno Fire Department in 2007 and had worked for Santa Barbara City Fire since April 2013, is survived by his pregnant fiancée, who is due this spring, and their 1 ½-year-old son. He also leaves behind his parents and two sisters

“Daniel was extremely devoted to Sarah, and a dedicated father, friend, and colleague,” said Fire Chief Pat McElroy. “He was talented, intelligent, kind, and possessed a tremendous sense of humor. His passing will be felt deeply by all who knew him.” McElroy praised Corrigan’s “accomplishments and expertise in his field” and said he had “a bright future ahead of him in a profession he loved.”

Services are being planned. Those who wish to send his family condolences can address them to:

Corrigan Family

c/o Santa Barbara City Fire Department

925 Chapala Street

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


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