Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Eric Weuve. Courtesy of the Department
Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Eric Weuve. Courtesy of the Department

Friends, relatives and co-workers gathered at the Huntington Beach Pier to honor the life of an Orange County Fire Authority captain who committed suicide.

At about 11:20 a.m. Dec. 13, Capt. Eric Weuve, 41, jumped from the Crown Valley Parkway overpass at the San Diego (5) Freeway in Mission Viejo and was struck by vehicles, according to OCFA Capt. Larry Kurtz. It’s still unclear what prompted him to commit suicide.

“The OCFA has a huge hole in its heart today,” OCFA Chief Jeff Bowman said during the Monday service. “This is a hole that will never close.”

Weuve, a 16-year fire service veteran who worked for the OCFA since 2005, was a married father of a 14-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, Kurtz said. The entire family attended Monday’s service, as did Weuve’s parents.

Weuve, who was most recently assigned to Station 64 in Westminster, is survived by his wife Melanie, father James, mother Ingrid, son Parker and daughter Brooklyn.

“The word `tragedy’ doesn’t really do it justice,” Kurtz said. “He was a great asset to the OCFA and he will be thoroughly missed by all of the OCFA community.”

It was still unknown what prompted Weuve to jump from the overpass.

“That’s the question everybody is asking — why? That’s unfortunately the question nobody has an answer to except Capt. Weuve,” Kurtz said.

Weuve was off duty for several months following shoulder surgery and had recently returned to regular duty, Kurtz said.

“Incidents like this serve as a reminder the holidays are a very tough time for a lot of people, so just hope everybody spends a great time with their family and remind yourself and your family just how important and precious life is,” Spitzer said Tuesday night.

The OCFA Benevolent Association has opened a trust for the Weuve family. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card and should be forwarded to OCFA Benevolent Association; 1 Fire Authority Road, AE 163; Irvine, Calif.; 92602. Checks should be payable to OCFABA with a notation referencing the Eric Weuve Trust. Credit card donations can be made in person at the benevolent association office or by calling (714) 573-6240.

–City News Service

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