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Firefighter News - April 2016


Firefighter News - April 2016


The Russian River Firefighters Association will be hosting our Annual Firefighters BBQ starting at noon on June 18, 2016. The 70th Annual Stumptown Daze Parade starts at 11am, so get there early to get a good seat. Festivities run until 6pm that day.

The Russian River Fire Protection District is accepting applications for Volunteers. Please inquire within for more information or visit our website at

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be on April 13th at 6pm at the fire station, 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd. We hope you will consider attending.

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Firefighter Awards 

Firefighter of the Year: Sapphire Alvarez

Most Improved Firefighter: Dusty Parker

Most Improved Trainee: Ben Hedlund

The Graton Fire Board of Directors said thank you this month to the volunteer firefighters for another year of service with our annual awards dinner at the Union Hotel in Occidental. This is the one time each year, when we can relax (because Forestville Fire Department provided station coverage) and socialize with our spouses and significant others. We often forget the sacrifices our families and friends make so that we can serve the community... this is a night to thank them as well.

It is also time to recognize those individuals that went above and beyond the call of duty – Sapphire Alvarez was singled out as Firefighter of the Year. After joining the department in 2011, Sapphire has been a tremendous asset to the department. She is always responding to calls, working sleeper shifts, participating in training both internal and external, and teaching EMT students at the SRJC. Great job!

Dusty Parker received the award for Most Improved Firefighter. Since completing our academy in 2009, Dusty has been a great help. He continues to take fire classes to improve, works as a CAL FIRE seasonal firefighter, and recently passed his class-B driving test. Congratulations!

This year’s recipient for Most Improved Trainee goes to Ben Hedlund. Joining the department as a trainee, he has quickly become a great asset... We are lucky to have him. Ben is currently enrolled in the SRJC EMT class. Thank you for your hard work in training and we look forward to your participation for years to come!  Congratulations to all of the recipients and a BIG thank you to all of our volunteers and their families.

We also recognized all firefighters for their years of service – Those with over 20 years include:

Mario Cesaretti – 20 years

Scott Fisher – 25 years

Bob Maddocks – 30 years

Lee Walker – 35 years 


Pancake Breakfast!

Don’t forget to join us on May 1st at the Forestville Fire station for some pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. The price for adults is $7 and $5 for kids and Seniors. We’ll have t-shirts and sweat shirts for sale, the Fire Safety Trailer, Free Book Mobile for the kids and a raffle with great prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!