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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Fallen Marine, firefighter honored in namesake building dedication

By Cpl. Derrick K. Irions | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | April 10, 2013

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., -- Headquarters Marine Corps and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department dedicate Pendleton’s recently constructed fire station in commemoration of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap served eight years in the Marine Corps before being transferred to the Individual Ready Reserves, at which time he served as a firefighter for the CPFD. In 2005, Dunlap was recalled to active duty and was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (forward) to advise and train the Iraqi Army. While conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq, Dunlap was killed by an improvised explosive device.

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., -- Headquarters Marine Corps and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department dedicate Pendleton’s recently constructed fire station in commemoration of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap served eight years in the Marine Corps before being transferred to the Individual Ready Reserves, at which time he served as a firefighter for the CPFD. In 2005, Dunlap was recalled to active duty and was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (forward) to advise and train the Iraqi Army. While conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq, Dunlap was killed by an improvised explosive device. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Daniel Bakker, a firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department presents Dorothy Tellez with a bouquet of flowers during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 held in honor of her son Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

Daniel Bakker, a firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department presents Dorothy Tellez with a bouquet of flowers during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 held in honor of her son Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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The Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Honor Guard present their colors during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

The Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Honor Guard present their colors during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Family members of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap listen to his biography during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

Family members of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap listen to his biography during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Dorothy Tellez, left, and cousin, Tom Tellez, attend a dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 to her son Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

Dorothy Tellez, left, and cousin, Tom Tellez, attend a dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 to her son Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Camp Pendleton Fire Department firefighters show respect by bowing their heads during an invocation given at a dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

Camp Pendleton Fire Department firefighters show respect by bowing their heads during an invocation given at a dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Dennis Rogers plays the bagpipe as Security and Emergency Battalion Color Guard “post the colors” during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Rogers is a pipe major with the San Diego County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

Dennis Rogers plays the bagpipe as Security and Emergency Battalion Color Guard “post the colors” during the dedication ceremony of Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Rogers is a pipe major with the San Diego County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Headquarters Marine Corps and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department dedicate Pendleton’s recently constructed fire station and rescue training facility in commemoration of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap served eight years in the Marine Corps before being transferred to the Individual Ready Reserves, at which time he served as a firefighter for the CPFD. In 2005, Dunlap was recalled to active duty and was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (forward) as an advisor and trainer for the Iraqi Army. While conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq, Dunlap was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Headquarters Marine Corps and the Camp Pendleton Fire Department dedicate Pendleton’s recently constructed fire station and rescue training facility in commemoration of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap served eight years in the Marine Corps before being transferred to the Individual Ready Reserves, at which time he served as a firefighter for the CPFD. In 2005, Dunlap was recalled to active duty and was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (forward) as an advisor and trainer for the Iraqi Army. While conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq, Dunlap was killed by an improvised explosive device. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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Dorothy Tellez displays a letter from Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, which dedicates Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq.

Dorothy Tellez displays a letter from Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, which dedicates Pendleton’s Fire Station 10 in honor of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap here April 6. Dunlap was an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department and in 2005 and was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Derrick K. Irions)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Headquarters Marine Corps dedicated the recently constructed Fire Station 10 here, April 6, in commemoration of Sgt. Brian E. Dunlap, an advisor for the Iraqi Army and firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department.

Dunlap was killed by an improvised explosive device after a series of IED’s were detonated during combat operation against enemy forces in Abu Fleiss, Iraq, in 2005.

Dunlap’s family joined Pendleton Marines and firefighters and gathered inside the new fire station’s garage bay and unveiled the dedication plaque to be hung near the front of the building.

Retired Staff Sgt. Fernando Castellanos, who was patrolling with Dunlap the day they were struck by the IED’s, shared memories of their time together.

“Brian was one of the only advisors who actually lived with the Iraqis,” said Castellanos. “The rest of us didn’t want anything to do with them.”

Castellanos explained that Dunlap completely divulged himself into the Iraqi lifestyle.

“He took it to heart,” said Castellanos. “He actually ate, slept and lived with them and they returned the favor. Every time he went on patrol and the Iraqis sensed some danger, they would protect him.”

“He really immersed himself into everything he did," said Dunlap’s cousin, Tom Tellez.

CPFD’s Fire Chief, Tom Thompson, explained that Dunlap’s unselfish desire to serve his country should be an inspiration for all emergency, rescue or military service members.

“Sgt. Dunlap paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Thompson. “The motivation to forever memorialize him with our newest station was obvious.”

Dunlap’s mother, Dorothy Tellez, cried during the ceremony held in Brian’s honor and shared her appreciation for all those who came to see the buildings archway don the name of her fallen son.

“This is wonderful,” expressed Dorothy. “Brian would have loved this station.”

The fire station is dual tasked as a rescue station with responsibilities of Pendleton’s Camp Las Flores and the Interstate 5 freeway.

Contact Cpl. Derrick K. Irions at derrick.irions@usmc.mil


1 Comments


  • Zen 1 years 156 days ago
    heartfelt and memmory momment

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