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Retired Redding Fire Battalion Chief Unexpectedly Dies

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Feb 22 2013 07:41:34 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2013 01:18:18 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

A well-known retired Redding Fire Battalion Chief has passed away.

Neal Warner died at the age of 57 after an unexpected heart-attack.

He worked for the Redding Fire Department for 28 years. He retired just a few years ago as a Batallion Cheif.  

Cullen Kreider, a current Battalion Chief for the Redding Fire Department, said Warner was very involved with the Firefighter's Association. At one point, Warner served as the Union President and Political Action Coordinator.

Kreider told us after retirement, Warner and his wife, Debbie, moved to Mount Shasta. Together they remained very active by traveling and snowboarding.

Warner didn't have any major health issues so his passing was very surprising.

"Very shocking for us. Neal was a very good friend of mine, you know, away from work, but I worked with Neal. He was my Battalion Chief when I was a Captain and everybody is in shock and is very saddened," Kreider said.

Warner is survived by his wife, Debbie of 37 years, his son Cole, daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Bill Gellor and two grand-daughters, along with several other family members and friends.

A celebration of life for Warner is Sunday, which would have been his 58th birthday.

It's being held at 1:30 at the Red Lion Inn on Hilltop Drive.