Fallen Heroes – More Discounted Raider Tickets Available!

MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!

The Raiders have allocated another block of 100 tickets for us to sell at non-profit discounted pricing for this event: $60/ea on the 1st level

Tickets will be in EITHER Sec. 135 or 149, but we will not have this info until 1 week prior to the game. Groups CAN be accommodated.

Tickets are on sale NOW, however. They will be emailed to you upon our receipt of them.

TO PURCHASE:

www.thefallenheroes.org

HALF-TIME Police vs. Fire Competition

ALSO…. the departments competing in the Half-Time Police vs. Fire Competition on the field have been selected!!!

Law Enforcement:

1. San Jose P.D., 2. Santa Cruz P.D., 3. CHP, 4. Galt P.D.

Fire:

1. Oakland Fire, 2. San Jose Fire, 3. Cal Fire, 4. Davis Fire

This is a new event for the Raiders and will be fun to watch (and fun for participants)! Team ‘Coaches’ will include Retired Raiders Barry Sims and Steve Wisniewski!!

Come join in and enjoy Kinder’s BBQ at the Tailgate Event prior to the Game!

See Details on our website at:

www.thefallenheroes.org

Passing of Rt. FC David Falleri

DAVID FRANCIS FALLERI passed away on January 28, 2018 in Santa Rosa at the age of 78 years. Devoted father of Lisa Harrison (Ryan) of Santa Rosa. Survived by many family members near and far.

Dave was born in Willits, but reared and educated in Santa Rosa and Booneville, graduating from Anderson Valley High School in 1958. He served in the US Army, and following his discharge from the military, Dave began his career with the CA Dept. of Forestry and rose to the rank of Captain. Over the years, he worked in Ukiah, Santa Rosa and Booneville before retiring out of the Hopland Station in 1990 and moved to Lake County. He was a member of SIRS #174 and CDF 25 Year Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He and a group of friends took annual fishing trips, from Costa Rica to Alaska. If Dave wasn’t fishing, he was participating in car shows, often entering his 1958 Mercedes and later his 1979 Cadillac. A great cook, he loved to entertain guests. Above all, Dave loved his Family and Friends. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

 

Passing of Anthony R. McGarva

Anthony Richard McGarva, 80, of Galt died Jan. 13, 2018 of natural causes at his home. He was born July 20, 1937 in Red Bluff and lived in Oregon for 30 years before coming to Galt 50 years ago.

Anthony was an army veteran and a retired FCB (Alder Camp-HUU)with Cal Fire, and he enjoyed reading.

Surviving him are sisters Pat Dickhoff and Kathleen McKenzie; sons Richard Knowles and Lonnie Knowles; daughter Judy Knowles, and a number of grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wife Dorothy, and parents Anthony and Dorothy McGarva.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the historical society building on C Street in Galt.

 

Retired Division Chief William R. (Bill) Clayton

Bill Clayton, a wildland firefighting expert who saved countless lives and entire towns during a career that spanned 50 years, died Sunday at the age of 77 of natural causes at his home in Carlsbad.

“He was a legend in the fire service,” said lifelong friend and recently retired Cal Fire Battalion Chief Ray Chaney.

“You’d be driving up to this giant atomic bomb-looking column of smoke, be a little nervous or have that sense of apprehension, and then you’d hear Bill’s voice on the radio: ‘Monte Vista division thirty-three zero seven responding’ in his gruff, low-tone voice,” Chaney said.

“And you got this sense of calm because you knew you had a man of his caliber that was going to be there to support you no matter what circumstance you were going to be involved with.”

Clayton was the most decorated firefighter in the history of what is now known as Cal Fire. He fought the 1970 Laguna fire and the 2003 Cedar fire during his time with both the U.S Forest Service and then the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as well as thousands of others in between. He was a multiple winner of the Medal of Valor, the highest award given to firefighters in the state.

City of San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy remembered Clayton’s sense of humor and talent for telling stories and sharing lessons learned. He said Clayton was “a true icon” whose historical knowledge of wildland fire in San Diego County was unprecedented.

A friend since 1978, Fennessy said his friend was a “great teacher and a great leader and mentor.”

He remembered when President George W. Bush came to San Diego following the 2003 firestorms to inspect the devastation by helicopter with Clayton by his side. Later that day, Bush invited Clayton to tour Air Force One.

“He and George really hit it off,” Fennessy said. “And you can see that. That’s the way Bill was with everybody.”

Clayton originally retired after 40 years of service in 1998, but found the quiet life unacceptable.

“I think he missed it,” said Chaney, who was Clayton’s godson. “I think he missed the family. I think he missed the camaraderie. I think he missed the action. I think he missed that sense of purpose.”

He soon returned to active duty as a division chief and in 2003 was one of the incident commanders for both the Paradise fire in Valley Center and then the Cedar fire a couple days later.

On the morning of Oct. 26, 2003, Clayton had already forced his way through the Paradise fire to find one woman burned to death near her car and a 16-year-old girl severely injured by flames that trapped her in her automobile.

Then Clayton received an urgent call from the dispatch center that 50 to 60 people — later determined to be closer to 200 — were trapped in the Valley View Casino in Valley Center and that flames were reaching the building. Clayton drove to the casino, speeding through several firefronts and dodging arcing power lines whipping in the wind. On the way, he and another firefighter rescued a man about to be overtaken by the blaze.

When Clayton got to the casino, flames were lapping at the building’s rear and a 10,000-gallon propane tank was about to explode. In acrid, blinding smoke, Clayton ran to several fire engines he had ordered to the casino and gave instructions for the fire attack.

When he went inside the casino, “he found an almost surreal scene,” according to Medal of Valor nomination papers.

About 200 elderly patrons were panicking. An injured horse running wild inside had kicked a badly burned patron to the ground. Clayton managed to scare away the horse and then turned to the frightened crowd, assuring them they would live if they followed his instructions. All survived.

Two days later, he was one of two incident commanders of the Cedar fire, the worst wildland blaze the county had ever experienced. Many homes were lost but he was able to lead a firefight that saved downtown Julian. He was also there when a Northern California firefighter, Steven Rucker, was killed while protecting a home in Wynola, just west of Julian.

He recalled during a 2006 interview finding Rucker, slamming his helmet on the ground and pouring water from his canteen on him.

“Even though he was dead, I didn’t want his body to desecrate anymore,” he said.

He suffered heavy smoke inhalation during the casino ordeal and contracted pneumonia while working the Cedar fire.

Clayton retired again from Cal Fire in 2006. He then became the Sycuan Fire Department’s chief for several years and then, almost right up to his death, has kept busy doing consultation work.

“He’s taught fire instruction all over the globe from Portugal to South America to Australia to all over the United States,” Chaney said. “He was a subject matter expert as a wildland firefighter.”

One of Clayton’s proudest moments came in 1997 when he and others drove through a wall of 50-foot flames and saved a teen-age boy, his mother and grandfather, just before fire overtook their Lake Wohlford area home. He won his first Medal of Valor for the rescue.

“I wish my father had been able to see me get the governor’s Medal of Valor,” he said during a 1998 interview. His dad, a former chief of Camp Pendleton’s fire department, had died the year before.

“He was one of the few gentlemen and he really believed in honor and chivalry and being a man’s man,” Chaney said. “He lived life to the fullest. Anybody in his shoes would feel great satisfaction in a life well lived.”

Clayton is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Rock Church in Point Loma, 2277 Rosecrans St.

 

Passing of Gary “Buzz” Buzzini

Chief Gary “Buzz” Buzzini passed away November 15, 2017. Gary was born on July 4th 1942 in Gilroy, California.

Gary began his career with CDF in the summer of 1960. Gary would leave CDF for a short time to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington State where he would earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Washington. In 1966 Gary returned permanently to CDF. Highlights of this 30+ year career would include assignments in Lake Napa Unit as an FAE, FC & BC, Mendocino Unit as a BC, Butte Unit as a DC, Shasta Unit as the Unit Chief, Northern Region II as the Region Chief before returning to the Sonoma Lake Napa to retire in 1997 as the Unit Chief.

Gary loved the outdoors, depending on the season you would be hard pressed to find him at home as he was either; hunting, fishing, skiing, bike riding or simply enjoying an extended hike.

Gary’s true love was spending time with his wife Linda, traveling both here and abroad.

The Ol’ Ranger (as was his favorite self-reference), is survived by his wife Linda, son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned for Spring of 2018, more details to follow.

 

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Yosemite Conservancy.

Donating can be done online at  https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org.  Conservancy staff is also available to answer your questions.  Call 415-434-1782 or email at info@yosemiteconservancy.org.

Donations to Yosemite Conservancy are tax-deductible.  Yosemite Conservancy’s Tax ID is 94-3058041.

Passing of Frank Noyes

Frank H. Noyes, 91, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2017 in Ukiah, CA after a short illness. Frank and his wife, Barbara, who have resided in Ukiah for 46 years, recently celebrated 70 years of marriage at a September 3rd party with family and friends.

Frank started his career as a firefighter in El Dorado County when he was just 16 years old. He worked for The Division of Forestry (now Cal Fire) for 30 years, retiring in 1984. He rose through the ranks from dispatch in El Dorado County to Administrative Officer in Mendocino County. Frank’s true love was fire control, and he worked in Northern California serving in rural areas, trying to keep as close to fighting fire as possible. Barbara recalls Frank working on The Handley Fire in 1964 which burned from Calistoga to Santa Rosa and is eerily similar to this year’s fire in Calistoga. Frank worked for eight years as superintendent at Parlin Forks Conservation Camp.

After retiring from Forestry he took on two additional jobs, first for the Sheriff’s Department as a transport officer, and next driving the Senior Center bus.
Entertaining family and friends was a big part of Frank’s life.

Frank is survived by his wife Barbara; son Frank D. Noyes and partner Cheryl Garner; daughter Sherry Staser and husband Charles; granddaughters Sara Rexrode and husband Russell; Jessica Albere and husband Jay; and great grand children Karlie and Jesse Rexrode. Predeceased family include his parents Frank N. and Clarice Cullers Noyes; and his sister Helen Davey and husband Art.

A celebration of life is planned for December 2, 2017 at 2:00 at the Ukiah Senior Center, 499 Leslie Street.

 

 

Passing of Dale Payne

74 year old Gazelle resident, Dale Patrick Payne, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2017 at his home. Dale was born in Yreka on April 5, 1943 to Earl Payne and Jessie Payne-Hegler of Scott Bar. Dale attended multiple grade schools in the Scott bar area, and graduated from Happy Camp High School before attending Sacramento City College and College of the Siskiyous.

 

Dale loved fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. He was active in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Back Country Horsemen of California, Top of the State Unit, where he was a board member and active in trail work and in charge of the fish plants for many years. Dale was also a member of the Mt. Shasta Horsemen, the Gazelle School board, the Gazelle Fire Department Auxiliary, and the Gazelle Fire Department.

 

Dale retired from CAL-FIRE (CDF) as a Heavy Equipment Operator in 2000.

 

Dale leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Mida; a daughter, Yvonne (Mike) Farwell; granddaughters, Danielle (Robert) Vanthida and Hayden McBroom; step-granddaughters Ryan Farwell, Heather (TJ) Albert; great grandchildren, Savanah, Allysen, Landen Dale, and, coming soon, Addison and a set of twins! Dale is also survived by a step brother, Jim (Ellen) Allen; sisters-in-law Sandy Payne, Peggy Young, Marie (Donald) Sutcliffe; brother in law, Ray Casterline; nieces, Rose Finch, Betty Balard, Jennifer Powers, Kim Schwartz, Renee Poch, Karen Nieman, Debbie (Rick) Knotts, and Dorena Mello; nephews, Mike (Maurine) Payne, John Scott (Lindsey) Payne, Roy (Karen) Sutcliffe, and many great nieces and nephews. Most importantly, Dale is survived by his trusty mule: Shasta.

 

A memorial services for Dale will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m. at the Gazelle Grange, with a buffet lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Gazelle Fire Dept. Aux., PO Box 188, Gazelle, CA 96034 or Mercy Mt. Shasta Hospice, 914 Pine Street, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067.

 

RESOURCES FOR THE 2017 NORTHERN CA FIRES

FEMA – https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

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

https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/northerncaliforniafireevacuees

 

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).

Passing of Lonnie Smith

Retired CDF Fire Captain Lonnie Smith who passed away on Wednesday following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and renal failure.  Lonnie was a man of faith and sadly leaves his beloved wife, Paula and sons, Marc & Kirk, their wives and three wonderful grandchildren who will miss him greatly.

 

Lonnie’s 30-year CDF career began in 1972 at the Dinuba FS in the Tulare Ranger Unit.  He was assigned to Visalia Hdqtrs as well as other stations in TUU until he promoted to FC B at the Gabilan CC in the San Benito-Monterey Unit in 1985.  He later worked at Lockwood and King City BEU until 1999 when he transferred to the Fresno Air Attack Base before retiring in 2000.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, October 28th at the First Baptist Church in Paso Robles.  Condolences can be sent to Paula at 350 Panorama Drive, Paso Robles, CA  93446.

 

Passing of Phillip Crosby

Passing of Phillip Crosby

My father passed this past week. He was one of the original drivers of the Big Jimmy (sp.?) and was honored at the ceremony held at Ramona Airport a few years ago. Dad came home from WW2 and was stationed in San Marcos, Camp Elliot, La Mesa, Julian and other locations in San Diego County for several years before being transferred north. He spent his final decades with CDF stationed in Oroville, Butte County. A deep faith in God, integrity, undying work ethic, and strong loyalty to CDF and it’s mission characterized his life to the end.

Gratefully,

Aleta (Crosby) Slater