A Message from Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue and the Kreza Family
Celebration of Life to be held on Friday, November 16th
COSTA MESA, CA -- On behalf of the Kreza Family and the Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Family, Fire Chief Dan Stefano would like to thank the entire community for the outpouring of support as we grieve the passing of Captain Mike Kreza.
Captain Mike Kreza, an 18-year veteran of Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue, was an exemplary Firefighter and a role model for young Firefighters. He served our city with honor, integrity, and courage. Mike was a devoted father to his three girls, Kaylie (11), Layla (9), and Audrey (7), and a loving husband to his wife, Shanna.
“We are devastated by this immense loss, but our Firefighters and the Kreza Family have found strength and heartfelt gratitude in the incredible amount of condolences, prayers, and emotional and financial support from our community and beyond. Following the accident and Mike’s passing, we have all truly felt what it means to be part of the Costa Mesa Fire Family. I could not be more proud of our entire team and our extended family who have stepped up for the Kreza Family. We will remain unwavering in our commitment to Mike of watching over Shanna, Kaylie, Layla and Audrey in the days, months, and years ahead with strong arms and strong hearts.” –Costa Mesa Fire Chief Dan Stefano
The City of Costa Mesa, the Firefighters Association, the Department, and our colleagues from neighboring cities have all rallied around the Kreza Family in their time of need.
“Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are for the outpouring of love and support we have been given during this impossible time. Mike was our protector, provider, and rock. Since the accident, the girls and I have been surrounded by Mike’s Fire Family and close family and friends who never left our side. It’s a testament to the type of husband, father, and man he was. The community’s strength, love, and steady care has
been a tremendous comfort and brought us a sense of calm, making us feel like Mike is still here with us. Their overwhelming concern and devotion reflects how much Mike meant to them and the impact he had on everyone he met.”
The Costa Mesa Fire Family, including our Department Management and the Firefighters Association, have worked hand in hand to ensure that Shanna and Mike’s daughters have the resources they need to get through this difficult time.
“I can wholeheartedly say that I have never been more proud to be a part of this organization. The Fire Chief and our Firefighters have been by Shanna’s side from the time Mike was injured to make sure that every need is handled. Mike exemplified what it means to be a loving husband and father and he was solid as they come while performing his job. We will miss our brother dearly. We’ll take it from here, Captain Kreza.” –CMFA President Captain Rob Gagne
CAPTAIN KREZA’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE:
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Location: Saddleback Church
Lake Forest Campus
1 Saddleback Pkwy Lake Forest, CA 92630
Due to limited space, the service is intended for family, friends, all fire service, law enforcement and military personnel.
The service will also be available by livestream on
the Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Facebook Page
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donating directly to the following accounts which have been established for Mike's wife, Shanna, and their three daughters:
THE KREZA FAMILY TRUST
c/o The Costa Mesa Firefighters Association
P.O. Box 2141
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
THE KREZA FAMILY GoFundMe Account:
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