By Laura Austin News Review Staff Writer–
Sunday, January 28, 2024, Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) lost one of its own —Captain Bruce Wells, a loving husband, a dedicated father, and a treasured mentor. Michael Bruce Wells, a Kern County Fire Captain, has lost his fight against cancer. He was 51.
According to the Kern County Fire Department, Wells had been consistent and steadfast in giving of himself since joining the Department 30 years ago, in 1994. Wells leaves behind the love of his life, Lisa, and three teenage boys.
Throughout recent months, Wells has been fighting cancer. Last week, things took a turn for the worse as the cancer was found to have spread.
Kern County Fire Chief Aaron Duncan issued the following statement. ”As many of you may know, our very own Bruce Wells has been fighting the devastating effects of cancer. He has done so each day with his family steadfastly by his side and with the support of every Kern County Firefighter. Sadly, and with a heavy heart, I must inform you that Bruce Wells has passed away. We have lost a family member and a true friend.
According to Duncan, Wells was, above all, a family man. He loved his wife Lisa and their three boys more than anything. Anyone who spoke with Bruce immediately knew what his priority was: his family. They were his rock, his anchor, and he loved them immensely.
Professionally, Duncan said, “Fire Captain Wells had a significant role in the Kern County Fire Department, particularly in the wildland firefighting division, where he mentored hundreds of young firefighters. He approached his work with a quiet dedication, always ready to do his part but never wanting to seek the limelight. His commitment to his job was done by his actions, not by words. To those who worked with Wells, it was said he was more than just a colleague. He was someone one could depend on. He was a steadfast presence. His loss will surely be felt deeply throughout the entire department.”
On behalf of the Kern County Fire Department, Fire Chief Duncan extends his deepest condolences to the entire Wells family.
In paying tribute to Wells, The Kern County Fire Stations and Kern County Fire Department facilities lowered their flags to half-staff on Sunday in respect of Captain Bruce Wells. Mourning bands were worn over every badge.
This was a somber time for the Wells family and the fire service as a whole. KCFD stated to assure that just as Wells loved his family, the Kern County Fire Department will be there for his family and for everyone in the fire service. KC Fire offers the following farewell to Captain Wells. “Godspeed to you, Bruce, and God bless the entire Wells family. You will always be a member of the fire department family.”
According to KCFD, Lisa Wells, Bruce’s beloved wife, wishes to convey her sincerest gratitude to all who have prayed for them and contributed to their cause. She and the Wells family are overwhelmed by the response.