Fallen Heroes – More Discounted Raider 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.



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.


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:


Passing of Edward Cikuth

Edward George Cikuth (77) was born on June 19, 1939 in Watsonville, California to George and Mildred (Ivy) Cikuth. He passed away on February 25, 2017 at Marquis Shasta in Redding, California after a brief illness.

Ed went to work with the California Department of Forestry after high school. He worked for them for 15 years and rose to the level of Capitan. He was also employed with George and Phillips Trucking, Amatek, and Shasta Redi-Mix until he retired in 2002. “Fast Eddie” was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He particularly loved to ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and at the El Mirage Dry Lake in Southern California. He was a great story teller and told some of his best in Utah with “The Bend in the Road Gang”.

He is predeceased by his parents George and Mildred.

He is survived by Marie his wife of 53 years, his sons Daniel and Jeffrey, and many extended family and friends in Watsonville, Redding, and beyond.

At his request no services are planned.


Please sign the guest book at http://obits.redding.com

Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Mar. 2, 2017- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/redding/obituary.aspx?n=edward-g-cikuth&pid=184301049#sthash.jeHySooS.dpuf


Bob Cole wrote:


This appeared in today’s Redding Record Searchlight.

Ed was my first ‘Forestry Foreman’ back in 1968, in the

old San Mateo Ranger Unit.

Ed was definitely a ‘unique’ individual.

One of the old stories regarded his ‘slipping through the

cracks’ and taking and passing the written Foreman’s

(now Captains) test, when he was a 17 or 18 year old

seasonal FF.   He didn’t quite make it through the oral.

Passing of Kevin Patrick O’Brien

On February 9th, Jeanie and Dennis O’Brien (past President of CAL FIRE Local 2881) lost their son, Kevin Patrick O’Brien, tragically to lung cancer.   Kevin was the light of their lives and will be missed.  He was 41 and had worked as an electrician foreman for Berg Electric for 21 years and lived in Escondido. “He is now an Angel, I guess God needed a damn good electrician”.

Cards may be sent to:

Dennis and Jeanie O’Brien
14760 E 50th Street
Yuma, AZ 85367

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 swnorris@sbcglobal.net or (831) 214-5538.

Passing of Rommie Jones

TCU Family,


I am saddened to report the passing of retired Fire Captain Specialist Rommie Jones.  After a long illness, Rommie passed peacefully this morning.

Effective immediately and until further notice, all flags are to be lowered to half-staff in the Unit and badges are to be shrouded.

Rommie started as a seasonal Firefighter in NEU in 1977 and came to TCU in 1983.  Throughout his career, Rommie also worked in MMU and LNU.

Rommie graduated from the CAL FIRE POST Academy in May of 2002, and became a certified Fire Investigator as well as Finance Section Chief within the ICS qualification system; he was also a member of the Incident Command Team #8 from 2001-2003.

Rommie retired in November of 2011 as a Fire Captain Specialist in TCU and was known statewide for his expertise in Suppression Cost Recovery and Public Utility Investigations.

Rommie was a true friend and well liked by all those that knew him.  He will be truly missed.  Please keep the Jones family in your thoughts.


Take care,


Josh White
Unit Chief

Tuolumne County Fire Chief
Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

(209) 419-4400


Click here for information about Rommie’s funeral services.


Passing of Jack Skeels

Retired Division Chief (Associate Ranger) Jack Skeels passed into Heaven February 5, 2017.


After a hospital stay with Pneumonia Jack came home to Mt. Miguel Covenant Village to go in Peace.  May we all bless Jack and his wonderful family in this loss.  I believe Jack was 92.


Service for retired CDF Division Chief Jack Skeels is February 25, 2017.  Times are 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Mt Miguel Covenant Village.  Address is 325 Kempton ST in Spring Valley, California.


Dress is casual as the Family has requested a casual outdoor BBQ.  Parking is going to be a problem.


Chief  Darrin Howell is the Forestry Liaison. Office 619-670-0500.

Passing of Vincent Cohee

The services for Vince will be Friday, March 10th, at 1pm; Harvest Church, 6115 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504.


There will be a reception following services, at the church, in the “Loft”.


The Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary has set up a page for Vince’s family and friends to submit condolences, stories, reflections, accomplishments and memories of Vince; they will then make a Keepsake book for Pam.

The address is: www.montecitomemorialparkandmortuary.com


You will find a list of names to the right and be able to click on Vince.The memorial service information and a photo of Vince will be posted there soon.


For anyone wishing to send flowers, send to Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3520 E. Washington Street, Colton, CA 92324 – the funeral arranger will make sure they get delivered to the church on the 10th.


For those who would prefer to donate to Vinnie’s favorite charity in lieu of flowers, it is the American Cancer Society.


If you would like to send photos or a card or memory or anything hard copy to Pam and/or Vince’s parents, send to Pam Greenwood 2524 Mulberry Street, Riverside, CA 92501 and I will deliver them for you.


Pam Cohee sends her thanks to everyone for all your love, friendship, support and prayers.


Please feel free to share this note, with those that may have known our friend and colleague Vince.

Passing of Bruce Bordi

Bruce passed away peacefully on February 15, 2017. His celebration of life will be on Sunday, February 26th @ 1 pm, at the Union Hotel Bocce Ballroom in Occidental. Donation can be made in Bruce’s name to the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, www.stewardscr.com.



Call for help – Retired CAL FIRE firefighter in search of kidney donor, Newcastle resident Ronnie Denton turns to community

The new year represents new beginnings – establishing resolutions and goals. For one local hero, his only resolution is to have a life-saving surgery. But he can’t do it alone.
Newcastle resident Ronnie Denton, 48, needs a kidney transplant. And with a transplant waiting list of five to seven years, death is imminent without the community’s help to locate a donor.
It’s a kind of role reversal for Denton, who is retired after 31 years with Cal Fire/Placer County Fire.
“It is truly humbling to come before the very community I served and ask for help,” he said. “I have polycystic kidney disease or PKD, which I was diagnosed with 15 years ago after I fought a working structure fire and subsequently experienced right back/flank pain.”
At Sutter Auburn faith, an ultrasound enabled his doctor to confirm the source of Denton’s pain.
“I had no idea what … PKD was or how it would affect my life,” Denton said. “Now after retiring from Cal Fire, my kidneys are getting worse. I have been hospitalized multiple times at UC Davis Med Center. My reality is, I need help and, as one who has always protected, saved and served people of our community, this is really tough to ask. Please, if you can, respond to my 911 call, I would be ever so grateful.”
Denton is well known in the area. He began his career as a fire explorer and went on to become an ambulance explorer EMT, EMT, firefighter and driver operator. He achieved the rank of company officer (equivalent to a captain) and served in multiple fire houses in Placer County prior to his industrial medical retirement. During his three-plus decades of service, he estimates he  responded to more than 100,000 emergency calls with every imaginable incident from delivering a baby to holding an accident victim’s hand as they succumbed to injuries at the scene.
Finding a donor match for Denton is a priority, donor advocate and friend Nikki Ridge said.
“We have got to find Ronnie a match now,” Ridge said. “He is facing life-altering dialysis. The time is critical in locating a match because the process to become a donor takes so much time. He is getting weaker by the day and more fatigued.”
The deceased donor program is not a workable option for Denton because of the long wait.
“We cannot wait that long! Our friends and family have all gone through the viability phase of testing with no matches identified,” Ridge said. “Please, I beg every single adult in our community, let’s come together for our community member. Let’s come together for one who has dedicated his entire life to serving his very community. Let’s rally to get the job done, quickly. We desperately need help, hope, a kidney and healing prayers.”
Denton has battled and won the fight against cancer, cardiac issues, high blood pressure, left ventricular hypertrophy, multiple hernias, burns and lacerations. He is still dealing with back strain, as well as the mental and psychological stress of going from one critical incident call to another with no in-between time or debriefing, all while working 72 hour-shifts, he said.
The process to become a potential donor involves a preliminary match test, which is simple, free and painless, Ridge said. For more information on becoming a kidney donor, call the UC Davis Living Donor Transplant Office at (916) 734-2307. For more information on how to help Denton find a kidney, fill out the Living Donor Questionnaire at https://ld.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/donor/pages/donor.faces

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

Passing of Bill Crookshanks

I’m sorry to have to inform you about the passing of retired OCFD  Fire Investigator Bill Crookshanks.    Bill worked for CDF and transitioned to the OCFD, retiring from our organization in 1986 after 24 years of service.  He became a Fire Investigator in 1978 and work in our investigation section until retirement.  He didn’t stop there however because he created his own private fire investigation company called C & M Fire Investigations.  C & M Fire Investigations has been around for a while and services California, Arizona and Nevada.  He lived in Las Vegas but continued to investigate fires right up until his passing.   Bill passed away in his sleep while down here in O.C. on Jan. 11th after investigating 3 fires for clients.   He was 77 years old.


Bill is survived by:

Daughter and Son-n-Law – Vicki & Lee Collins

Sister – Mae Lee

Stepson – Greg Wolf and his wife Sherry Wolf

Grandkids – Lee Collins, Allison Collins, Nicholas Wolf and Madeline Wolf


Due to where Bill lived, where he grew up and his love for the Salvation Army, there will be a couple different options for your attendance below.    Most everyone “on the job” today probably did not know Bill.  There are a few of you still.  However, our predecessors (the retired guys), many of them will.   In the end, you may not have known him personally, but you did know him.  Because we all share that bond of what we do and through “this” organization that we do it.   We are CDF-OCFD and now OCFA Firefighters.   You too, will be retired before you know it.  Let’s make sure we retain the time honored tradition of honoring each other current or past.  Anytime an announcement like this comes up, grab a card, get everyone to sign it, send it in and attend where you can.

The family welcomes any firefighters from the OCFA (past & present) to join them locally (see below) or attend a memorial.  Bill loved and respected the fire service and those who wore the badge representing it.

(on a side note-the family told me, in retirement Bill had to battle cancer 3 times.  Have you heard that “C” word come up in our job before?  So, breathe the good stuff, wear it and wash it)




January 25, 2017.

El Ranchito

2201 East First Street

Santa Ana, California

Please text your RSVP to Sherry at 951 733-8517 by January 23, 2017.




Corcoran Cemetery

4170 Waukena Ave

Corcoran, CA 93212


Jan. 27th




Church Memory Service

Salvation Army Church

830 E. Lake Mead

Henderson, NV. 89015



The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, they would like a donation to be made to

Salvation Army

10200 Pioneer Road

Tustin, CA. 92782  


Cards can be sent to:

Vicki Collins (Daughter)

274 Arch Hill

Henderson, NV. 89074


Continue to keep Bill’s family in your prayers.


Jim Cass, President

OCFA Benevolent Association

Captain / Fire Investigator

Investigation Services Section