Cogswell Fire Science Faculty Killed in Tragic Accident

JamesFlaniganJames (Jim) Flanigan (61) passed away on April 1, 2010, from injuries he received in a car accident. Jim was a DDP instructor since 2006 and taught both Application of Fire Research and Fire Investigation & Analysis for the College.

A native of New York, Jim graduated from Queens College (B.A.) in 1971. After graduation Jim enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and completed officer candidate school reaching the rank of Lieutenant J.G. in 1973. Jim was employed as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for 29 years, retiring as a Senior Special Agent and Certified Fire Investigator in 2006. During his ATF career, Jim was a member of the ATF National Response Team, the ATF International Response Team, the Alameda County Arson Task Force, the San Francisco Arson Task Force, the California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI) and International Assn. of Arson Investigators (IAAI). After retirement, Jim worked as a fire investigator for Fire, Cause & Analysis in Berkeley, CA.

Jim is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon and his son Patrick. A funeral mass celebrating Jim’s life was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at St. Monica’s Church, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, www.firehero.org or American Brain Tumor Assn., www.abta.org.

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