On Monday, Oct 9th I received a text message from Kevin O'Meara explaining that there were new fires raging through Santa Rosa and Napa. Initial reports indicated we had CAL FIRE employees and retirees who had lost their homes. The Benevolent Foundation put me in charge of helping to get assistance to those in need.
Danielle at CAL FIRE Local 2881 headquarters compiled a list of the employees and retirees who lost their homes and I was able to make contact with three of those individuals and deliver checks to them that afternoon in Santa Rosa.
I arrived in Santa Rosa at Local 1401 and met with Warren Parrish, Fire Captain from LNU where worked together sharing information. By Friday afternoon, we had identified a total of 12 CAL FIRE employees and retirees who lost their homes and I was able to deliver eleven assistance checks with the twelfth declining our assistance saying "to give the money to someone that was less prepared".
The Benevolent Foundation believes we have identified all CAL FIRE employees and retirees who lost their homes in this latest round of devastating fires. If you have knowledge of any firefighters having lost their homes please contact Danielle at CAL FIRE Local 2881 Headquarters or Kevin O'Meara, CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation President.
I want to express my appreciation to President Lopez and the staff at L2881, Warren, Paul Duncan and the LNU Administration. Without their cooperation and coordination this task of identifying our members in need and getting assistance to them in a timely manner would not have been possible. I would also like to thank Santa Rosa Firefighters, Local 1401 for their hospitality and support which made our job much easier.
CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation
Executive Board Member