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November 26, 2006 | Yvonne Villarreal, Times Staff Writer
Msgr. John Sammon, Orange County's oldest priest and a chaplain to firefighters for more than 60 years, has died, church officials said Saturday. He was 90. Sammon, who had been ill for two months, died Friday of unspecified natural causes at St. Norbert parish in Orange, according to a spokesman for the Diocese of Orange. "He was a very impressive person," Ryan Lilyengren said. "He touched countless lives. Everyone loved him."
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November 26, 2006 | Yvonne Villarreal, Times Staff Writer
Msgr. John Sammon, Orange County's oldest priest and a chaplain to firefighters for more than 60 years, has died, church officials said Saturday. He was 90. Sammon, who had been ill for two months, died Friday of unspecified natural causes at St. Norbert parish in Orange, according to a spokesman for the Diocese of Orange. "He was a very impressive person," Ryan Lilyengren said. "He touched countless lives. Everyone loved him."
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October 10, 1993 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The only spontaneous applause at Saturday's dedication of the new Orange County Fire Service Monument in Santa Ana's civic center came as an elderly gentleman stepped gingerly onto the sidewalk from the passenger side of a bright red car. "There it is," the announcer intoned as the audience clapped wildly, "the fire service chaplain's chariot." The stately entrance was appropriate for Msgr. John Sammon, the legendary hero of Orange County firefighters.
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October 10, 1993 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The only spontaneous applause at Saturday's dedication of the new Orange County Fire Service Monument in Santa Ana's civic center came as an elderly gentleman stepped gingerly onto the sidewalk from the passenger side of a bright red car. "There it is," the announcer intoned as the audience clapped wildly, "the fire service chaplain's chariot." The stately entrance was appropriate for Msgr. John Sammon, the legendary hero of Orange County firefighters.
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September 3, 1989
The Times' editorial tribute to Rabbi Henri E. Front (Aug. 27) would have had to be a great deal longer to enumerate all of his contributions to Orange County. I met Rabbi Front when we served together on the board of directors of United Way of Orange County. His contributions of ideas and solutions were equaled by his good humor and personal warmth. He and Msgr. John Sammon, bantering and joking, set an example for interreligious harmony and good will that we all could emulate.
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July 17, 1985 | Herbert J. Vida
Msgr. John Sammon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange says humor is "good medicine" that has served him well during his 43 years as a priest. "Life is too tough without humor," he said. Recently, after he received the prestigious Archbishop Cousins award from Serra International for his record in guiding young candidates to the priesthood, he told a reporter, "I bought it." But that's his charm.
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October 25, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By day they were loan officers, city planners, law students. But for this one night they were screamers, hundreds of women yelling for Orange County firemen who peeled off their yellow slickers like strippers and bumped, thrust and pranced their way down a runway. The shouts created a wall of sound that crested at the sight of bare, oiled, muscular chests and faded when the bodies were garbed in tuxedoes.
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March 15, 2000 | Angelique Flores, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 14
A memorial Mass will be said for Kimberly Smith by the Rev. Msgr. John Sammon, Orange County Fire Chaplain, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Smith, a 30-year-old Houston firefighter, grew up in Fountain Valley and died in February after rushing into a blazing McDonald's restaurant before the roof collapsed. She is the department's first woman killed in the line of duty. The church is at 17270 Ward St. The public is invited.
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January 13, 2000 | Chris Ceballos, (714) 966-7440
A memorial service will be held tomorrow for longtime fire education specialist Ellen Covey. Covey, who died of cancer Jan. 2, served the Fire Department for 22 years. She was awarded the Monsignor John Sammon Award last month by the Orange County Fire Services Assn. for showing outstanding achievement in safety and family involvement programs. The service begins at 2 p.m. at St. Columban Catholic Church, 10801 Stanford Ave. Sworn personnel are requested to be in uniform, but not apparatus.
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February 17, 1996
A family-style picnic Feb. 25 will focus attention on the importance of neutering household pets. Sponsored by Orange County Animal Control at Irvine Regional Park, the county's second annual Spay Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature demonstrations by the Frisbee Dog Team and the Orange County Police Canine Assn. Msgr. John Sammon will give a blessing at noon to all animals present.
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October 25, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By day they were loan officers, city planners, law students. But for this one night they were screamers, hundreds of women yelling for Orange County firemen who peeled off their yellow slickers like strippers and bumped, thrust and pranced their way down a runway. The shouts created a wall of sound that crested at the sight of bare, oiled, muscular chests and faded when the bodies were garbed in tuxedoes.
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September 3, 1989
The Times' editorial tribute to Rabbi Henri E. Front (Aug. 27) would have had to be a great deal longer to enumerate all of his contributions to Orange County. I met Rabbi Front when we served together on the board of directors of United Way of Orange County. His contributions of ideas and solutions were equaled by his good humor and personal warmth. He and Msgr. John Sammon, bantering and joking, set an example for interreligious harmony and good will that we all could emulate.
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July 17, 1985 | Herbert J. Vida
Msgr. John Sammon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange says humor is "good medicine" that has served him well during his 43 years as a priest. "Life is too tough without humor," he said. Recently, after he received the prestigious Archbishop Cousins award from Serra International for his record in guiding young candidates to the priesthood, he told a reporter, "I bought it." But that's his charm.
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January 6, 1993 | BERT ELJERA
Faced with growing needs of the Foothill Ranch area, the Orange County Fire Department will soon have a new station near the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Portola Parkway. Station 54 will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at 19811 Pauling. On hand will be Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez, county Fire Chief Larry Holms and Foothill Ranch Co. project manager Alan Buck. Msgr. John Sammon will preside at the ceremony.
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