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Founding member of Murrieta Fire Department dies at 93

Retire fire Chief Marvin D. Curran passed away at the age of 93. Photo provided by the City of Murrieta.

Murrieta Fire & Rescue announced the passing of retired Fire Chief Marvin D. Curran, a founding member of the Murrieta Fire Department, the second fire chief to serve in Murrieta Fire’s 75-year history, and the last surviving member of Murrieta’s original volunteer fire department. He was 93.

Curran was a lifelong Murrieta resident, U.S. Army veteran, and dedicated public servant. “Chief Curran was an icon in this community,” Fire Chief Bernie Molloy said “Someone can rarely be raised in a community and be a tireless public servant in that same community; Chief Curran is one of the few who did just that.”

Public service has long been a part of the Curran family. Curran is the son of E. Hale Curran and the father of recently retired Murrieta Fire Captain Richard Curran. He joined the fire department when he was 18 years old and was the youngest member to volunteer for the fire department at that time.

In addition to his volunteer firefighting duties, Curran was the full-time school custodian and the first school bus driver at Murrieta Elementary. He also served on the Murrieta School District Board.

Curran was appointed assistant fire chief in 1958 by Ray Thompson. He served as fire chief from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. Under Chief Curran’s leadership, Murrieta became an incorporated city in 1991 and he helped the department to transition from a volunteer to a combined career fire department. 

Murrieta Fire & Rescue personnel will shroud their badges as a sign of respect to Curran.

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