What can one say about a fellow that his colleagues called LOVEY? Born December 13‚ 1972‚ Brent Allen Lovrien‚ nicknamed ‘Lovey‚’ because of the kind of person he was – a big‚ lovable‚ do-anything-for-you type of guy.
Brent’s dynamic personality and humor‚ coupled with his strong work ethic‚ put him out there‚ on or off duty‚ for anyone who needed his help. Never seeking praise or wanting recognition‚ but always willing to lend a helping hand. If it was a donation to help a family‚ the homeless‚ changing a stranger’s tire‚ or just talking to someone’s child trying to get him on the right track‚ that was my son.
In remembrance of Brent‚ one colleague named his firstborn son after him. Another honored him with a tattoo on his arm with pictures of turnouts and an axe with ‘Lovey’ written on it.
Ever since he was a child‚ it was his way in life to help others. From kindergarten‚ he wanted to be a firefighter‚ and right out of high school‚ he pursued it until it happened. After fire science at Rio Hondo College‚ he started as auxiliary for the City of Downey. Then he became a federal firefighter‚ stationed at the naval base in Long Beach for three years. In 1997‚ he completed the LAFD Lateral Fire Academy and joined the Los Angles City Fire Department‚ where he served for just over 10 years and was going for his captain’s test.
Brent was know as the ‘get ‘er done guy.’ Anything around the firehouse that needed to be done‚ he would lead the way. He never let meekness get in the way of what he felt to be true‚ honest and the right thing to do. ‘First in‚ last out’ fit him to a tee!
He worked hard and played hard. It was said he lived more life in 35 years than do most in a full lifetime. His life here was short‚ but he never wasted a minute.
Brent also was in real estate and had a great talent for refurbishing houses. He was a great seamstress also and did a lot of sewing for the fire department. His love of the outdoors and his hobbies took him from lakes to the mountains to the deserts.
His talents were limitless‚ his devotion to family and friends unbelievable. But what he did for complete strangers was astounding!
On March 26‚ 2008‚ this amazing young man’s life was lost in an explosion in the line of duty‚ but not before he got everyone out of harm’s way. This angel is now able to watch over us all as he joins those who have gone before him.