Letter to the Editor – Appreciation for first responders

(Tuesday) we had a fire start here in central Doyle.  We owe tremendous gratitude to our Doyle Volunteer Fire Department, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and as many as nine or 10 other fire agencies for their incredibly effective, prompt responses to the emergency. How thankful we must be for Doyle Fire having immediately made the call for the level of support that brought such needed efforts. We should all look at how we can better support our local agencies in the months and years ahead.

According to one early report, units arrived to supplement the Doyle Volunteer Department from BLM, CalFire, Herlong, Janesville, Milford, Standish/Litchfield, Susan River, California Correctional Center, the city of Susanville and Truckee Meadows. I apologize if I’ve omitted any participants. We are forever indebted to you for your work.

Special thanks to all the law enforcement officers bravely giving extremely effective evacuation notifications to widely spread residents. People’s lives, homes, pets, livestock, outbuildings and equipment were saved through these efforts. This is even more meaningful for us, having witnessed loved ones in large, affluent counties southwest of us having suffered horrific losses after receiving zero notification/ evacuation of fires just a few months ago.

Thanks to our outstanding Herlong Family Resource Center (Janice Gotcher, director) quickly getting out the message for those needing help, and thank you to the Red Cross and Diamond Mountain Hotel and Casino for your work.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims of this fire and all those impacted by the event.

Rick Wilson