Founder of Firefighters Burn Institute Dies

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Cliff Haskell with his wife, Tillie. (Firefighters Burn Institute)


Cliff Haskell, the founder of the Firefighters Burn Institute, died last Monday after a long battle with lung cancer.

Haskell was a retired fire captain with the Sacramento Fire Department. He started the Burn Institute in 1973 after a plane crashed into Farrell’s ice cream parlor in 1972, killing 22 people, including firefighter Gene LaVine and of his family members.

The Firefighters Burn Institute is well known for their “Fill the Boot” fundraising drives.

The institute, along with UC Davis doctors, opened the UC Davis Medical Center Regional Burn Center in January 1974.

Haskell’s friends, family and colleagues will gather for a “celebration of life” Tuesday in Sacramento.

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