Some of you may have heard of the horrific crash on Halloween night that claimed the lives of three local teenage boys up on Skyline Blvd. Sadly, one of the boys was the son of the Menlo Fire apparatus mechanic Rudy Torres. His son Ricardo, was a South Bay Regional Fire Academy student and fire explorer for Menlo. At least one of the other two victims was also a Menlo fire explorer.
See below for information regarding the two services held next week for Rudy Torres' son and the victims of the horrible crash. There is also information regarding a GoFundMe account that has been set up for Rudy's family. Feel free to distribute to any other fire mechanics or agencies you deem appropriate.
Palo Alto Fire Department
I just received information regarding next week's services:
6:15 pm Wednesday Nov. 8th rosary service
1:30-2:30 Thursday Nov. 9th service (Church of Nativity 210 Oak Grove Avenue Menlo Park).
Menlo Fire Chief will be submitting more formal information soon regarding possible station coverage and apparatus requests during this time. This is all I have for now.
Menlo Fire is passing on information for a GoFundMe account that has been set up to assist Rudy's family during this very tragic time. See the following message:
Many of you have asked how you can help the Torres family during this very difficult time. With Rudy’s permission, we have set up a GoFundMe account for anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to the family for funeral costs for Ricky or any other unexpected expenses. The link to donate is https://www.gofundme.com/ricky-torres.
***Spring Academy retakes***
Testing is being offered at two locations from the Spring 2017 academy July 26, 2017 @ 1PM
Oakdale CFMA pump class has arrived again, less than 48 hours away. Prepare for some very warm weather. Hydration is the key. Don't forget to bring your safety sun glasses, sunblock and required P.P.E.
CFMA limited supply of T-shirts, hats, stickers, shorts, flashlights will also be for sale.
Due to recent emails and rumors about the California Fire Mechanics Academy we the board feel it necessary to clear the air. Let me assure you that the California Fire Mechanics Academy is doing fine. True there have been some personnel changes and a new Vice President elected. We are moving forward with a positive attitude and the common goal of providing the best possible training in the industry with the students best interest in mind as we have done for close to 50 years. Anyone of the board members is more than happy to discuss any concerns you have with the future of the California Fire Mechanics Academy personally one on one. We have new training coming and a new location coming in the future. We are diligently working to be able to provide new classes and keep up with changes in technology and certification requirements. Please check our web page and calendar for these. http://www.cafiremech.com We look forward to continuing our relationships and working with you in the future and as always greatly appreciate your continued support. Thank you for your time.
California Fire Mechanics Academy
A message from Jerry Lee. SCFMA Historian and fellow mechanic.
You probably know this now but Kevin got out of surgery yesterday, recovered in ICU . He said before the operation that he would get out of bed on same day. He did so getting up and sitting on a chair. He is recovering nicely now but doesn't want visitors yet.. will let us know when he is ready
There are 15 openings still available for the Pump Class in Oakdale,CA next month. You don't want to miss out on this one. See registration to the right and take a look at the calendar and see whats coming up for training and events. Updated often. Dont forget to follow us on Facebook and join into the groups and follow us on Facebook.
A modified message from Jerry Lee (SCFMA Historian) original message to me.
Thoughts and prayers to you Kevin that all goes well today .
Kevin OConnell, a longtime member and longtime Vice President needs all of our prayers now. He has been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and will be operated on Friday May 19th. could you inform the members and have him included in their thoughts. He asks (Kevin) that he not be called at home now and will notify all friends as soon as he is able after the operation.