Passing Dan Castleman

Danny Lee “Dan” Castleman, 74, of Sweet Springs, MO, died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his home. At Dan’s request cremation will take place and no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sweet Springs Volunteer Fire Department in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at Dan was born November 21, 1945 in Tulsa, OK, and was the son of the late Richard Castleman and Martha Josephine Cooper Castleman. On August 4, 1992 he married Linda Fisher Hendrick. Dan lived in California for many years, working as a firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and retired from there after 32 years of service attaining the rank of Division Chief. Dan and Linda moved to Sweet Springs after his retirement and enjoyed spending time taking road trips antiquing. He was an avid baseball fan, having coached high school baseball in California and cheering on the Kansas City Royals. In addition to his wife, Linda; he is survived by one daughter, April Fernandez (Bob) of Hemet, CA; two step-sons, Jeramy Hendrick (Michelle) of Georgetown, TX and Jody Hendrick (Jessica) of Higginsville, MO; 10 grandchildren: Alexis Cornelius (Meika), Arika Loera-Flores (Cristian), Jessie-Rae Hendrick (Kolby), Ally Whittack, Bailey Hendrick, Madeline and Mason Villareal, Stephanie, Cindy and Ashlyn Fernandez; an “adopted” granddaughter, Madelynn Sonstegard; two great-grandsons, Lucas and Jackson Cornelius; as well as other extended family. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Kathy Duke.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Danny Lee Dan Castleman November 21 1945 January 11 2020.

Passing of Edward Katri

Edward Kasmir Katri passed away on December 20, 2018 in Eureka, CA. Ed was born to Antone and Clelia Katri on July 16, 1937 in Eureka, CA. He lived in Humboldt County his whole life. His career consisted of farming, working in the woods, driving truck and operating heavy equipment. He served 2 years in the Army before his 30 years of state service with CalTrans and CDF. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary, and his two daughters, Kim and Cindy. He is also survived by his sister and brother, Kathy Machado (Rich) and Tom (Sandra), and many more relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William. Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 2 PM to 7 PM at Goble’s Mortuary in Fortuna with a rosary to follow. Funeral services will be the following day, December 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fortuna at 10 AM. Internment will follow at St. Bernard’s Mausoleum in Eureka. A reception will be held at the Fortuna Fire Hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, please give to the .

Passing of George Waggoner

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of retired FKU Fire Captain Gerald Waggoner.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 19, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

 New Covenant Community Church

 1744 E. Nees Ave

 Clovis, CA 93720

A reception is being planned immediately following the services at New Covenant Community Church.

TCU Election Results


After counting the ballots last night, Loren Monsen has been elected Deputy Chapter Director and Andy Murphy Rank and File Director.


Dean Wimberly

Chapter Director

Tuolumne/Calaveras Unit




Hosts in the regions marked on the map are opening their homes for free from October 8, 2017 to October 30, 2017for the following groups:

  • Displaced neighbors
  • Relief workers deployed to help


The Salvation Army has already deployed multiple teams to provide meal services at evacuation centers due to the large wildfires in Napa and Sonoma County.

Napa Fire

The Salvation Army Napa Corps is currently serving at Crosswalk Church (2590 1st St., Napa).

There are several teams from The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City staffing the Napa Valley College gym (2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa), Napa County Fairgrounds (1435 N Oak St, Calistoga) and Solano Community College (4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield).

Sonoma Fire

The Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps is already at the Finley Community Center (2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa).  More than 700 breakfast meals were served this morning.

Another team from the San Rafael Corps will provide dinner at the Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa).

A member in need

About 3 years ago, Christian was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis or A.S. for short. A.S. is an autoimmune disease that eventually destroys the spine, not only that it can eventually affect the joints, eyesight, liver, and kidney functions. There is no known cure for A.S. just medication to slow the progress and pain management for the pain. Christian’s family and he have been struggling with this and it has progressively gotten worse.


As many of you know Christian had a fall which left him hospitalized for almost 3 months in severe pain having to learn to walk again. From being bed bound and in a wheelchair it was really hard to deal with. After leaving the hospital’s rehab in February ’16 from his fall the A.S. has made recovery very slow. Christian was donated a wheelchair lift by a friend and church member from the Pleasant Hill Adventist Church which he was using until his SUV’s transmission broke. According to specialist Christian had a spinal cord contusion with a mild concussion when he fell back on October 29, ’15 and which left him hospitalized after that.


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BEU Retiree Breakfasts for the rest of 2017

BEU Retiree Breakfasts for the rest of 2017:

(Psst.. You don’t really have to be retired to join us for breakfast)

Thur. Mar. 16 Prunedale- Country Kitchen
Thur. Apr. 20 Hollister- Country Rose
Thur. May 18 King City- Lawrence’s (old Keefers)
Thur. Jun. 15 Salinas- Black Bear Diner
Sat. Jul. 29 Jack Clark’s- Annual BBQ
Thur. Aug. 17 Hollister- Country Rose
Thur. Sep. 21 King City- Lawrence’s (old Keefers)
Thur. Oct. 19 Salinas- Black Bear Diner
Thur. Nov. 16 Prunedale- Country Kitchen
Thur. Dec. 21 Hollister- Country Rose
Thur. Jan. 18 Salinas- Black Bear Diner

If you have any questions or comments email the CAL FIRE Local 2881 District 4 Retiree Director Steve Norris at or (831) 214-5538.

Sara Thomas

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our sister, Sara Thomas.  A loving mother and fellow firefighter who battled hard, but has left us too soon.  Sara will be missed but she will not be forgotten.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sara’s family and her brothers and sisters in Riverside.
Mike Lopez and CAL FIRE Local 2881