YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – For residents of YLP, this has been a stressful summer, with one suspicious fire after another keeping everyone on edge.
One thing that helped residents hold on to some sense of safety and sanity was the quick and efficient response of their local firefighters, and folks in the YLP community wanted to say thanks.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, one generous couple, who wish to remain anonymous, hosted a private Firefighters Appreciation BBQ Luncheon at their home.
After the intense 2013 Fire Season, these YLP residents wanted to show their appreciation and support to local Station 10 Volunteer Fire Department and all of the Eastern Madera County Stations that came together to protect the community.
“This summer was very hot and extremely dry, and the firefighters were so quick to respond effortlessly and efficiently, time after time,” says Elayne Myers, whose husband Randy serves at Station 10. “This husband and wife team wanted to personally show their appreciation for each and every one of them!”
There were 50+ firefighters in attendance representing eight Madera County Volunteer and CAL Fire Stations.
“It was wonderful to see all of our firefighters come together, share a meal and enjoy each other’s company without the threat of fire,” says Elayne, who helped with all the shopping to prepare this special tribute.
Captain Christopher Haynes of Madera County Volunteer Fire Department Station 10 in YLP is very appreciative of this generosity, especially to the volunteers at Station 10.
“This is the type of action that inspires others to come forward and show their support,” says Haynes. “This week we received a donation in the mail marked ‘Thank you,’ and also a call requesting information on sending a donation.”
If you would like make a donation to the cause, and help support your local firefighters, please send your check to: Yosemite Lakes Volunteer Firefighters, 29453 Glacier Drive, Coarsegold, 93614.