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Sunday December 20 2015

Santa Claus to Visit Sierra Madre Fire Station Christmas Eve

Santa Claus to Visit Sierra Madre Fire Station Christmas Eve

Press Release posted 12/20/15 – Santa Claus is making a special pit stop along his route this Christmas Eve. The Sierra Madre Fire Department invites families and children of all ages to join them for a one-of-a-kind holiday gathering featuring an appearance from Santa. The event has become an annual tradition in Sierra Madre. The [...]

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Saturday October 31 2015

Sierra Madre 2015 Halloween Costume Parade – Video

Posted 10/31/15, video by Bill Coburn

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Tuesday September 08 2015

Former SM Paramedic Shot in Alleged Murder/Suicide

Former SM Paramedic Shot in Alleged Murder/Suicide

Press Release posted 9/8/15 – “We lost a wonderful deputy last night,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “Deputy Cecilia Hoschet impressed everyone she met at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with her positive and helpful approach to her work. She enjoyed being a deputy and really liked people. She leaves behind a 6 year-old son, [...]

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Monday May 11 2015

SMFD Extinguishes Car Fire on Montecito

Posted 5/11/15 – Around 8pm this evening, SMFD responded to a call that turned out to be what appeared to be a pick up truck on fire.  The vehicle was right next to a very tall tree with low hanging foliage, but SMFD got the fire out quickly, averting a very dangerous situation.  In any [...]

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Monday September 15 2014

Brush Fire Contained Off 800 Block of North Auburn Ave. – Updated (Photos)

Brush Fire Contained Off 800 Block of North Auburn Ave. - Updated (Photos)

Posted 9/15/14-  Update from the City at 8:30pm - Update: Auburn Ave is now open to the public. Electricity has been restored. The fire has been completely extinguished. Sierra Madre Police would like to thank the community for being so cooperative throughout the duration of the incident. We wish all our community residents a safe night! [...]

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Saturday September 13 2014

It’s Hot Out – It’s Even Hotter in Cars – Don’t Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

It's Hot Out - It's Even Hotter in Cars - Don't Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

Press Release posted 9/13/14 – Reminder from the City and SMPD/SMFD – Remmber, this chart doesn’t even go as high at the zero minutes level as we expect the temps to be this weekend.

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Thursday September 11 2014

SMPD, SMFD Remember 9/11

SMPD, SMFD Remember 9/11

Posted 9/11/14 - As they do annually, members of the SMPD and SMFD held a brief ceremony in remembrance of 9/11/01, timed to coincide with Verdugo 911′s system wide announcement in memorium.  Special thanks to Gary Hood for going across to the Kensington construction site and asking the crew to turn off their heavy equipment during [...]

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Sunday June 22 2014

Earthquake Preparedness Event to Commemorate 23rd Anniversary of SM Quake

Earthquake Preparedness Event to Commemorate 23rd Anniversary of SM Quake

Press Release posted 6/22/14 - Join the City of Sierra Madre on Saturday, June 28, to remember the 23rd anniversary of the Sierra Madre Earthquake by preparing yourself for the next one. The event will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Sierra Madre Fire Department, located at 242 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. In collaboration with the [...]

Saturday October 12 2013

Jason Williams Promoted to SMFD Battalion Chief

Jason Williams Promoted to SMFD Battalion Chief

Press Release posted 10/12/13 – Fire Chief Steve Heydorff is proud to announce the promotion of Jason Williams to the position of Battalion Chief for the Sierra Madre Fire Department effective September 20th, 2013. Battalion Chief Williams has been with the SMFD for almost four years and brings a wealth of education, training and experience [...]

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Saturday September 14 2013

SMPD, SMFD Pay Tribute on 9/11

SMPD, SMFD Pay Tribute on 9/11

Posted 9/14/13 – Members of the Police Department and the Fire Department again gathered in front of the Fire Station on Wednesday for a moment of silence following an announcement from the Verdugo 911 center, to honor the victims of terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.  I was unable to attend for the first time in years, [...]

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Friday September 14 2012

First Responders Stage 9/11 Memorial

First Responders Stage 9/11 Memorial

Posted 9/13/12 – At approximately 9:55am on Tuesday, members of the SMFD and SMFD marched out in front of the bay door of the fire station.  One of the men lowered the flag to half mast, and then the group was called to attention.  They stood at attention until 9:59, when an announcement was made [...]

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Friday September 14 2012

Kiwanians Thank Sierra Madre First Responders on 9/11 Anniversary

Kiwanians Thank Sierra Madre First Responders on 9/11 Anniversary

Posted 9/13/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club hosted breakfast for Sierra Madre’s first responders on Tuesday following a memorial service at the fire station in memory of the victims of 9/11.  In attendance were members of the SMFD, SMPD, CERT, and the Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team (SMECT).  Breakfast was held at The Lodge, [...]

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Thursday September 13 2012

SMFD Introduces New Captains

SMFD Introduces New Captains

Posted 9/13/12 – Sierra Madre Fire Chief Steve Heydorff introduced the new (and old) captains of the Sierra Madre Fire Dept. to the City at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.  Greg Christmas is the new EMS Captain, overseeing the Paramedic program.  Mike Goth, a 20-year veteran Firefighter (with various departments) will oversee training.  Rich Snyder [...]

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Tuesday September 11 2012

It’s 344, Not 343 – Remember Glenn Winuk

Posted 9/11/12 – A few years back, I heard that there was actually a 344th firefighter that died on 9/11/2001.  As it was described to me, the media had contacted the International Association of Firefighters to find out how many NYFD personnel had died, and it was 343.  That’s a fact.  But the story, as [...]

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Saturday September 08 2012

Sierra Madre First Responders to Hold 9/11 Memorial

Posted 9/3/12 – SMPD and SMFD will again host a memorial service to honor the victims of the New York World Trade Centers attack on 9/11/2001 at the Fire Station on Tuesday, Sept. 11th.  The public is invited to attend.  The service will begin at approximately 6:45am, and at 6:59am, the same time the first [...]

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Saturday September 08 2012

Kiwanis to Honor Sierra Madre First Responders on 9/11

Posted 9/6/12 - The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will honor the Sierra Madre Police and Fire Departments at a special breakfast at their usual meeting location, The Lodge at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. immediately following the Memorial Service at the Fire Station on September 11th.  All police and firefighters are free. The program is free. If you would [...]

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Thursday June 28 2012

Sierra Madre Paramedic Program Turns Five

Sierra Madre Paramedic Program Turns Five

Press Release posted 6/28/12 - On Friday June 1, 2007, the Sierra Madre Fire Department, and the sitting City Council, introduced Paramedic services to the residents, business owners, and visitors of our community. This significant achievement by our City made the entire County of Los Angeles fully covered by Paramedic services. The Sierra Madre Fire Department [...]

Thursday June 07 2012

Car-B-Q and Structure Fire at Esperanza Building, Fire Out, No Injuries

Car-B-Q and Structure Fire at Esperanza Building, Fire Out, No Injuries

Posted 6/7/12 - At 8:51 this morning, SMFD Engine 41 responded to a 911 call dispatched through Verdugo, arriving on the scene at 8:54:28.  The fire was at 59 Esperanza, but at the rear of the apartment complex, abutting Mariposa.  A pickup truck was on fire (origin under investigation) and it had spread to the carport [...]

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Wednesday February 01 2012

Services for Former SMFD Capt. Mike Delgatto This Friday

Services for Former SMFD Capt. Mike Delgatto This Friday

Mike Delgatto, former Captain in the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Dept. and former president of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, passed away in Monrovia on Jan. 27th at the age of forty-nine. He was born on April 1, 1962, in Arcadia, California, and was the son of Vera and Joe Delgatto, brother of Tony and (Ginny) [...]

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Friday December 23 2011

Firefighter’s Ball Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Eve

Firefighter's Ball Moves From Christmas to New Year's Eve

Posted 12/23/11 – The Sierra Madre Firefighter’s Ball is a longstanding tradition in this town, nearly as old as the almost century old Volunteer Dept. itself (technically, with the addition of paramedics, etc., we are now a combination department, but the firefighting crew itself is still volunteer).  See below for video of former mulepacker and [...]

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Tuesday November 15 2011

CSFA Presents Award to “Hometown Hero” John Shear

CSFA Presents Award to

Posted 11/15/11 – In front of a crowd that included Mrs. York’s Sierra Madre School third grade class, the CA State Firefighters’ Association presented its 2011 Valor Award to John Shear at the Sierra Madre Fire station on Monday morning.   In March of this year, Shear, at the age of 90-years old, threw himself between [...]

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Thursday November 10 2011

John Shear to Receive CSFA Valor Award Monday

John Shear to Receive CSFA Valor Award Monday

Posted 11/10/11 – Sierra Madre resident John Shear will be presented with the California State Firefighter’s Association’s Medal Of Valor on Monday at 11:30am at the Sierra Madre Fire Station, 242 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The Medal of Valor is awarded to individuals that voluntarily risk their own life to an extraordinary degree in saving [...]

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Saturday September 10 2011

SMFD and SMPD to Remember with Special Service on Sunday Morning, 9/11 at 6:45am

SMFD and SMPD to Remember with Special Service on Sunday Morning, 9/11 at 6:45am

“Good morning.  On Sept. 11, 2001, an attack was launched on American soil…”  With these words, or similar, the Verdugo Fire Communications Center each year begins its region-wide 9/11 bulletin,  remembering the horrific events of 9/11/2001, and taking a moment to honor the fallen first responders that died that morning. One year after the attacks, [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Local Emergency Response Teams Participate in National Night Out

Local Emergency Response Teams Participate in National Night Out

SMPD, SMFD, CERT, SM Emergency Communications Team, and the World Famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team were all on hand at National Night Out.  Booths were set up and demonstrations put on. The In-n-Out truck dispensed free burgers.  Enjoy the picture gallery below, and the video (coming soon, my browser tells me it’s got about [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Law Enforcement’s National Night Out is Tonight in Sierra Madre

SMPD will be a participant in the “National Night Out” program, the event taking place on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. The public is invited to this event, which is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and Police community partnerships. Police, Fire, City Staff [...]

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Thursday July 14 2011

New Firefighters Sworn In

New Firefighters Sworn In

At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, Sierra Madre Fire Chief Steve Heydorff introduced eight new members of the Department - Tim Hyde, Zachery Hunt, Justin Mollicone, William Birdo, Jeremy Kunkle, Trevor Williams, Michael Rider, and Ronald Zebarth.  All but Zebarth, who was working, were on hand at the meeting.  After their introductions, City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger swore [...]

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Wednesday June 29 2011

City Council Recognizes Retiring Firefighters

City Council Recognizes Retiring Firefighters

At Tuesday’s Council meeting, retiring firefighters Michael Bamberger (Battalion Chief, 22 years), Bill Messersmith (Engineer, 40 years) and Michael Tyler (Engineer, 44 years) were recognized for their years of dedication to the department and their service to the Community.  Enjoy the video… a a a a a a a

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Remembering the Sierra Madre (Santa Anita) Fire

Remembering the Sierra Madre (Santa Anita) Fire

Three years ago yesterday, at about 3pm on Saturday, April 26th, 2008, a fire broke out in the mountains above Sierra Madre.  The fire burned for several days, ultimately burning 584 acres at the time of its containment on May 1st.  Two hundred thirty eight acres were in the Angeles National Forest, and three hundred [...]

Saturday April 23 2011

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10am in Memorial Park, Today, 4/23/11

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10am in Memorial Park, Today, 4/23/11

The Sierra Madre annual Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters Association (SMVFA)  and sponsored by Nestlé USA Inc., will be held today - Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, promptly at 10:00 AM.  The SMVFA has been hosting this event annually since 1931! The hunt will be held in Sierra Madre Memorial Park, located on [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Council Approves Change in SMFD Structure

Council Approves Change in SMFD Structure

City Council voted last night to approve a re-structuring of the Sierra Madre Fire Department that would eliminate the Paramedics Coordinator position and the Fire Marshal position, and add three paid Captain positions to the department.  The current Paramedic Coordinator and Fire Marshal would remain as Captains, and their duties would be incorporated into the [...]

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Wednesday March 16 2011

SMFD Looks to Add Paid Personnel Position(s?)

I have uploaded video of Chief Heydorff’s presentation to the Kiwanis yesterday, with assists from Deputy Chief Pinedo and Battalion Chiefs Mike Bamberger and Bob Burnett.  Chief Heydorff was quite clear that the decision will be made by the City Council, not the Department, and that there is no intention of converting the department to [...]

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Tuesday March 15 2011

Fire Chiefs to Speak to Kiwanians

On Tuesday, March 15th the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will hear a presentation by the Command Staff of the Sierra Madre Fire Department.  Chief Stephen Heydorff will be accompanied by Deputy Chief John Penido and Battalion Chiefs Bob Burnett, Michael Bamberger and Roger Lowe.  Among the topics which they will address are call activity, the [...]

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Wednesday April 07 2010

(4/7/10, 5:56am) Editorial – Crawford Turns Back on Supporters, Leaves FD Out in the Cold

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. In a move that is being seen by many as an attempt at damage control, John [...]

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Friday April 02 2010

(4/2/10) Editorial – SMFD Volunteers – Heroes or Hosers? Where Does Your Candidate Stand?

This editorial is the opinion of Bill Coburn, publisher of Sierra Madre News Net and 15 year Sierra Madre resident.  It is not intended to reflect the views of any other person or entity with whom I am associated. In the days following the Santa Anita Fire in April and May of 2008, the grateful [...]

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Monday March 31 2008

(3/29/08, modified 3/31/08) City Clerk’s Self-Serving Gesture Shouldn’t Fool Voters

When the City Council (rightfully) rejected Nancy Shollenberger’s offer to reimburse the City for expenses incurred because of her error in preparation of the sample ballot, It would seem the next obvious thing for her to do would be to announce that she would not accept the City’s payment of $6500 for managing (mismanaging?) the [...]

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Tuesday March 25 2008

(3/25/08) Editorial – Should Nancy Pay? I’m Not So Sure

City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger announced today that she would reimburse the City for expenses incurred due to her error on the Sample ballot. She gave no indication as to whether she will also take financial responsibility for the City’s Court costs if the election is challenged, or if the resolution of the challenge is that [...]

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Sunday March 23 2008

(3/23/08) Editorial – Time for a Change

City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger responded to my e-mail asking if she would reimburse the City for expenses incurred due to her error on the Sample Ballot by saying that she would be making a public announcement at the Kiwanis candidate forum and the City Council meeting this Tuesday.  The implication is that Ms. Shollenberger will [...]

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Wednesday March 19 2008

(3/19/08) Editorial – City Clerk No Stranger to Controversy – Ballot Error Just the Latest in String of Issues Involving City Clerk

The error on the sample ballot under City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger’s stewardship is just the latest in a series of issues that have occurred through the years, ranging from outdated handbooks being given to candidates, concerns over judgment regarding partiality, to an eight-year period in which no ordinances were published, and thus did not officially [...]

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Sunday March 16 2008

(3/15/08, modified 3/16/08) Why Sierra Madre Needs Karma Bell

Karma Bell wants to establish regular office hours for the City Clerk.  And Karma Bell wants to spend those City Clerk hours actually in the place where much City Government business takes place – City Hall.  There’s a novel concept.  A City Clerk, who is accessible to her constituents for multiple hours each week, in [...]

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