Appreciation Day for Intermountain firefighters

Maya Escobedo gets a close-up look at the flagpole, thanks to her dad, Ron Escobedo, captain at Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department. Sentinel photo/Regina Elling
Maya Escobedo gets a close-up look at the flagpole, thanks to her dad, Ron Escobedo, captain at Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department. Sentinel photo/Regina Elling

By Regina Elling

Even though they don’t expect to be thanked for their services, it was obvious that the entire fire crew at Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department

had a good time at the Firefighters Appreciation Day held in their honor.

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Austin Mann of Intermountain, front, Christian Perea, Havik the dog, and Julie Cross finish their barbecue dinners from one of the work vehicles. Sentinel photos/Regina Elling
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All suited up and taking aim, these Intermountain fire crew members take turns showing their skills with heavy water hoses. Photo/John Boyer

On a recent sunny Sunday, more than 150 family and friends of the station showed up at the station on 25858 Highway 78 for training demonstrations, games and a barbecue dinner provided by Bishers’ Meats of Ramona.

“We put this event on to show the firefighters how much we appreciate what they do, and we realize that, if they weren’t here, no one else is going to do their job,” said Maurice Waters, president of the Intermountain Board of Directors.

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Once the youngsters discovered they were allowed to hang out in one of the operating fire trucks, it was nearly impossible to get them back out again. Here, Davin LeClair, 5, Gabriel Renner, 7, and Karsen LeClair, 3, take over the back seat.
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Firefighters simulate an emergency rescue during Firefighters Appreciation Day at the Intermountain Fire and Rescue station. Photo/John Boyer
   
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