Firefighter Kelly Wong was 29 years old and worked for the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
In 1997, when he was eight years old, he moved to California with his mother, Anne. Kelly grew up in Upland and graduated from Upland High School. He attended college at Mt. SAC. He got his associate degree in fire technology and graduated with academic honors. He was commended by the college’s fire technology program for his efforts in volunteering in the community. He received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia Southern University with a concentration in fire systems.
Kelly knew from high school that he wanted to dedicate his life to firefighting. He worked for the Forest Service on Engine 21 in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 and 2013 he worked on Chuchupate Helitack. In 2012, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, as a Ruby Mountain Hotshot. In 2014, Kelly worked for CAL Fire in Riverside at Station 1. Firefighting was his passion.
He graduated as a LAFD firefighter on August 20, 2015, Drill Tower 40, Class 14-2. He was awarded Top Academic Recruit of his graduating class. He was an avid outdoorsman, traveler, studier, and was obtaining his Fixed Wing Private Pilot rating from Universal Air Academy at Brackett Field Airport in La Verne. He had a deep love for aviation and all things to do with flying.
On August 22, 2016, he and his wife, Danielle, welcomed their son, Colton. Colton was just nine months old when Kelly passed. Kelly enjoyed being a father. He wanted Colton to be a cub scout, and he talked about being the troop leader.
He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed helping others. He knew how to solve problems quickly and efficiently. He was very smart and yet always wanted to learn more. He was a loving husband and a great dad.