Roll of Honor

Christopher Andre Wurster

Christopher Andre Wurster

  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • CAL FIRE – California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
  • California
  • Age: 42
  • Year of Death: 2021

Christopher Andre Wurster was born in Panorama City, California, on October 8, 1979, to Anne Marie Jackson and Dennis Andre Wurster. Chris spent his childhood in Lancaster, California. Chris met his wife, Krystle, in 2002 while working as a motorcycle mechanic at a shop in San Diego. Chris and Krystle were married in 2012, and their 20-year relationship brought two children into the world. In 2016, their daughter, Lola Marie Wurster, was born. In 2020 they had their second child, a son, Max Bear Wurster.

Chris was known for his abilities and talents. He first showed his skills as a master mechanic when he was a child and would take vacuums and bicycles apart so that he could put them back together. Chris could fix or build anything that he put his mind to. Chris was tough and was never one to complain. He always found something positive to say, even when he felt his worst. Chris was a great listener who never argued with anyone. Chris loved life. He taught everyone around him about living life to the fullest, cherishing every moment, and loving your family and friends. He avoided anything that didn’t support those ends.

Chris had always wanted to be a firefighter. While working as a mechanic, he was encouraged to follow his dream of going to a fire academy and becoming a part of the fire service. He attended the Yuba College Fire Academy in 2007 and was hired by Marysville Fire/CAL FIRE in 2007 as a resident volunteer firefighter. He was hired by CAL FIRE in 2008 and was stationed at North San Juan Station #42. In 2009, Chris was first diagnosed with melanoma cancer. With successful treatment, Chris went into remission and could continue his firefighting career. After five years of remission, Chris did not show signs of the cancer returning and officially beat it.

Chris was a great firefighter. He was reliable, courageous, honest, and hardworking. He quickly endeared himself to all his brother and sister firefighters. In 2013, Chris transferred to Nevada City Station #20 and worked there until he was promoted to fire apparatus engineer in 2020. Chris received news that his melanoma returned while attending the CAL FIRE Company Officer Academy. He was hired as a fire apparatus engineer at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base but could never begin this journey.

Sadly, Chris lost his fight to cancer on June 26, 2021.

Rest in peace, brother.

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