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Volunteer Firefighters Honored, 15 New PCFs Join The Ranks

Madera Co PCFs at 2018 luncheon – photo Gina Clugston

OAKHURST – Firefighters and their families turned out in big numbers for the annual Madera County Fire Department Paid Call Firefighter (PCF) Appreciation Luncheon on Sunday, Apr. 29, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Every year, Cal Fire firefighters serve up a BBQ lunch of tri-tip and chicken, and mark the achievements and milestones of members of the Madera County Fire Department.

New Madera Co PCFs 2018 – photo credit John Glueck

On this day, the department welcomed fifteen new Paid Call Firefighters who recently graduated from the Basic Skills Academy. They have completed 200 hours of training conducted by Madera County Fire Captains Chris Reneau and Anthony Garcia, and will begin their service at stations all across the county.

Captains Anthony Garcia and Chris Reneau – photo credit John Glueck

The newly minted firefighters presented both Captain Reneau and Captain Garcia with a plaque in appreciation of their leadership, hard work, wisdom and dedication during the 2018 Basic Skills Academy training.

Nine veteran PCFs were honored for their years of service, including George Mochizuki, who has been protecting the citizens of Madera County for an amazing 50 years.

5 Years

Robert Burton – Station 18

Madera Co PCFs George Mochizuki, Bob Kernaghan, Gary Williams, Brian Donaghy, Denis Ciccarelli, Sean Kelly – photo credit John Glueck

Sean Kelly – Station 10

10 Years

Denis Ciccarelli – Station 10

Lydia Rodriguez – Station 19

15 Years

John (Brian) Donaghy – Station 10

Christopher (Gus) Lavell – Station 10

Assistant Chief Matt Watson, Supervisor Tom Wheeler, PCF George Mochizuki – photo credit John Glueck

30 Years

Gary Williams – Station 18

35 Years

Bob Kernaghan – Station 12

50 Years

George Mochizuki – Station 1

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