Andrew Freeborn

With Deep Respect: Our Own Captain Bruce Wells Has Passed

KERN COUNTY, Calif., Sunday, January 28, 2024, Kern County Fire Chief Aaron Duncan issued the following statement.


”As many of you may know, our very own Bruce Wells has been fighting the devastating effects of cancer. He has done so each day with his family steadfastly by his side and with the support of every Kern County Firefighter. Sadly, and with a heavy heart, I must inform you that Bruce Wells has passed away. We have lost a family member and a true friend.


Bruce was above all a family man. He loved his wife Lisa and their three boys more than anything. Anyone who spoke with Bruce new immediately what his priority was, it was his family. They were his rock, they were his anchor, he loved them immensely.


Professionally, Fire Captain Bruce Wells had a significant role in the Kern County Fire Department, particularly in the wildland firefighting division where he mentored hundreds of young firefighters, myself included. He approached his work with a quiet dedication, always ready to do his part, but never wanting to seek the limelight. His commitment to his job was done in his actions, not just his words. To those of us who worked with Bruce he was more than just a colleague. He was someone you could depend on; you could rely on him. He was a steady presence on sometimes and often unsteady fireground. His loss will be felt deeply throughout the entire department.


As we honor Bruce Wells, it is important to remember the person he was – DEDICATED, a FAMILY MAN, and RESPECTED by many and everyone in this department and in the community. On behalf of the Kern County Fire Department, I extend my deepest condolences to the entire Wells family.


In paying tribute to Bruce: Today, I am directing all Kern County Fire Stations and Kern County Fire Department facilities to lower their flags to half-staff in respects of Bruce Wells. Mourning bands are to be worn over every badge.


This is a somber moment for the Wells family and the fire service as a whole. You can be assured, that just as Bruce loved his family, we the Kern County Fire Department will be there for his family and for everyone in the fire service. GODSPEED to you Bruce. And God bless the entire Wells family, you will always be a member of the fire department family.”


The Wells family has conveyed their heartfelt appreciation for all who have been praying for them and the tremendous outpouring of support. All who wish to help provide practical assistance can do so through the following link.


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