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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Captain
Age: 58
Year of Death: 2023

Kenneth E. Renz

Kenny was born on May 22, 1964, in Burbank, California. His family moved to Santa Clarita in the 60s, and that is where he was raised. As a young boy, Kenny was fascinated by the TV series Emergency that was based on the fictional Fire Station 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. While Kenny attended high school, he joined the very first LA County Fire Explorer program at Station 107, a station he would later return to as an engineer. After high school, Kenny became a fire suppression aide at Camp 9. There he flourished and found his true passion in the fire service, fighting wildland fires. Ken was hired as a sworn firefighter in 1986, in the 71st Recruit Class.

During the early years of his career, Ken met his wife, Demi, at a car accident while working at Station 3 in East LA. They married in 1990 and have three children, Tanner, Kody, and Dalaney. Following in their dad’s footsteps, both sons went on to become firefighters for LA County. Their daughter is a nurse.

Kenny worked at numerous stations throughout the years. He worked everywhere from Antelope Valley to East LA and out to Santa Clarita. He also spent nine years in the LA County Wildland Fire Camps. Many of those years were spent at Camp 14, as a crew foreman. There, he took inmates to brush fires all over the state of California. When he was promoted to captain, he would regularly work as Superintendent 40. In 2019, Kenny decided to end his career at Station 77 in Gorman.

Kenny was always an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed riding dirt bikes with his kids, wakeboarding, zooming through the dunes in his Razor with his wife, hunting, and fishing. He enjoyed wine tasting, cooking, and camping with his fire buddies. He was talented in so many ways. He could repair and build anything, a trait he was sure to pass down to his sons.

Upon retiring, his dream was to live in Idaho. In June of 2021, Ken and Demi bought a home in Star, Idaho. Kenny was at his happiest with his wife and dogs in his truck while towing a big fifth wheel behind them on their way to camp.

In November of 2021, Kenny was sadly diagnosed with glioblastoma. He passed away April 29, 2023.
Ken, Demi, and their kids were given such a great life because of his career. Despite all the things this cancer had stripped from Kenny and his family, it cannot strip away his greatest achievements—his 32-year marriage to the love of his life, his three incredible children, and his long dedication to the fire service that he loved so much. We will forever mourn him and carry memories of him in our hearts.

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