North Fork is mourning the loss of a much-beloved member of this mountain community. Frank Verduzco was just 64 years old when he passed away on Sept. 23.
Frank was a life-long resident of North Fork, who joined the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department at just 21 years of age. Since March 1972, he has been responding from Station 11, and if you had a fire or a medical emergency, or were in a serious accident in the North Fork area, Frank was likely one of those who came to your aid.
Born and raised in North Fork, Frank attended the North Fork School and Sierra High School in Auberry. He was hired on at Ponderosa Telephone in June of 1972, and worked in almost every area of their outside operations, including installation and repair, construction, plant line worker and cable locator.
Frank was voted Firefighter of the Year for all of Madera County in 2007, and was a vital and integral part of the crew at Station 11. He served several terms as Captain, and mentored many of our young people.
No details have yet been announced for services. We will let everyone know when those arrangements have been made.