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By Bruce Galien, laFD retireD W


e dodged the bullet again. Rain was predicted on the weekend of the Hook and Ladder Enduro, March 23


– 25, but it was a little warmer this year. But just like last year, the rain held off until Sunday evening. For those that stayed until Monday it made for some epic riding! But enough of that - for all of the 632


participants, Thank You. You all gave gener- ously and we grossed almost $24,000! After expenses, all of you collectively were able to donate $17,000 to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Fireman’s Fund. This was the third year of the Hook


and Ladder Enduro resurrection and the best to date in our opinion. One of the reasons was the organizational skills of Craig White and his ICS 205 C.R.A P. (Craig’s Rescue Action Plan) which set in motion the logistics for the event. When the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief looked at our C.R.A.P. they were thoroughly moved and we could do no wrong.


To make this CRAP work we needed


help and we got it. Volunteers came from ev- erywhere offering to be part of this event and we put over forty of them to work. My wife Debbie was the Incident Commander (just like at home) and also took charge of the la- dies selling T-shirts, raffle tickets (4500 sold!) and cashiers. Roy Prince was in charge of reg- istration, and Pam Pascolla and Cheri Turner sold $4,700 worth of items at the Silent Auc- tion. Doak Smith, being Firefighter of the Year, thought his CRAP didn’t stink so we had him tow out the Andy Gump trailer. (He also ran the Start Line). At the Finish Line we had a couple of FOC’s, Rich Moody and Jim Nicholson and their motley crew. John Tohill used his erection skills to make the Start and Finish line struc- tures go up, and when we were done, he made them go down. The Teter family did great job cleaning their namesake “Teter’s Trailer” site prior to the event. John Nowell, Greg Stone, Judy Teter and all their helpers served over 500


6 • May 2012


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