A 23-year veteran of the Pasadena Fire Department was to be remembered Friday at a funeral in Porter Ranch.

Firefighter Johnie Simpson died of cardiac arrest June 19 while off-duty. He is survived by his wife and a teenage son and daughter, said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department.

Simpson was always a team player who was willing to help, and was promoted to engineer several years ago, Derderian said.

“He was a great example for a lot of the newer firefighters,” she said.

The funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. at Shepard of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.

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