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LONGTIME VENTURA FIRE SPOKESMAN, 60.

Byline: ERIC LEACH

Staff Writer

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The Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) provides fire protection and emergency response services for the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, California, and for six other cities within the county.
 who died this week of cancer just a year after his retirement. He was 60.

"He touched a lot of people," said Capt. Barry Parker, a friend of Luna and the department's new spokesman. "Joe Luna was caring and compassionate about everyone. He was warm, loving and very humble."

Luna went out of his way, working long hours at the scenes of deadly fires, traffic accidents and Ventura County disasters such as the La Conchita mudslide of 2005 and the Alaska Air Crash of 2000.

He was careful to provide information to the public in both English and Spanish.

"He would always go out of his way to make sure the public got the information it needed," Parker said. "He wouldn't stop until the people had all the information. It wasn't just a job for Joe. It was a way of life."

Luna was a firefighter for 34 years with the Ventura County Fire Department. He retired in April and discovered he had cancer in October.

He was married to his wife, Terri, for 37 years, and they raised three children, including a daughter, Jessica, of Oxnard, and two sons, Eric of Elk Grove Elk Grove can refer to:
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 Church of Oxnard, with funeral services scheduled at noon Monday in Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
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 Church in Oxnard, followed by burial at Santa Clara Cemetery.

A public reception will be held after the burial at the Oxnard Community Center.

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Date:Mar 22, 2007
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