On Friday May 8, CDF Firefighters hosted the dedication
ceremony at the Pines Campground to dedicate a portion of Highway 120 from
the Tuolumne County Line to Rim of the World. This dedication was part of
Chris Southwick’s senior project for high school. Chris is the son of CAL
FIRE Fire Captain Walt Southwick.
The next day, Columbia Helitack Crew 2009 carried one of the
signs in the Mother Lode Round-Up Parade along with a few friends. Special
thanks to the Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland Ranger District,
Stanislaus Hot Shots, and Bob Shindelar from the front office for providing
the USFS Honor Guard and CDF Firefighters Local 2881 for providing the CDF
Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band and Honor Guard.
I received a telephone call last night that the section
representing CAL FIRE, CDF Firefighters L2881, USFS, and TCFD and Eva
Schicke was selected by the parade committee to receive the top award for
all parade entries. There were 160 total entries. I’ve been asked to go down
today and receive it on behalf of the section at the Rodeo along with Bob
Shindelar and Robert Anzar from Tuolumne County Fire Department.
We had a great time and the Vallecito Cook crew (decimated
by Code 5’s) came through and served a great lunch BBQ for about 80 people
at Rotary Park afterwards. Thanks to Brad Stratton, Mark Seim, Lavelle West,
Denis Laughon, Mike and Teresa Carnesseca again.
What a perfect way to kick off the season. Thanks to all for
a great weekend. Have a safe summer. “B4415”