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Headline: LOOMIS FIREFIGHTER HAD WAY WITH TOOLS
Publication Date: April 07, 1997
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Page: B5
Subjects: OBITUARY
Region: Pacific Rim; Northern California

Obituary: Jeff Altrock was the emergency medical technician who had all the equipment he needed, mostly hanging from his belt.

As a Loomis firefighter, Mr. Altrock was also the man on the job who had the tools on his belt for getting the job done, so much so that "Tools" was the name on his helmet and "Tools" was the name he was known by in emergency medical and firefighting circles.

Mr. Altrock died March 31 at his Loomis home after a 15-month battle with cancer. He was 28. He was about 3 when he got his first Tonka fire engine as a gift, and ever since then he had dreamt of being a firefighter, recalled his mother, Carolyn Altrock of Sacramento.

As a young teen, before he could drive, he would have his parents drive him to the Rio Linda fire station for weekly meetings of a firefighter Explorer Scouts post. After he graduated from Mira Loma High School in 1987, Mr. Altrock attended Sierra College to get his emergency medical technician training, then went to work full time for Foothill ambulance service.

It was then that he became a volunteer Loomis firefighter, a post he held until Loomis made him a full-time paid firefighter and his medical technician work became part-time. "He was so happy doing that, he even became a sort of unofficial photographer for other departments and ambulance services," his mother said.

Besides his mother, Mr. Altrock is survived by his father, Stanley, of Carmichael; a sister, Laura Altrock of Sacramento, and his fiancee, Shelly Tallman of Loomis.

A funeral will be held at noon today at the First Church of the Nazarene, Luther Road and Wesley Lane in Auburn. Burial will follow at Newcastle Cemetery. Memorial contributions are invited to the Sutter Roseville Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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