The Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department has received an official “thank you” from the Fortuna Police Department. A special plaque was presented to Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lon Winburn by Fortuna Police Chief William Dobberstein at the Monday’s Fortuna City Council meeting.
The plaque reads: “To the firefighters of the Fortuna Fire Department. Fortuna Police gratefully acknowledge the valuable and selfless service provided to our community by the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department. And publicly acknowledge with sincere gratitude, the spirit of cooperation and trust that exists between our two agencies. Thank you to each of you for your assistance and service to our department and to our community. – The Fortuna Police Department.”
Before making the plaque presentation, Chief Dobberstein addressed members of the Fortuna City Council saying, “For us in the police department, we know that our firefighters often respond to medical calls as the first on the scene, and often rush into the face of danger whenever there is a fire, a major accident, or a hazardous material spill.”
He said the police department also depends on volunteer firefighters for what he described as the “seemingly trivial, but dangerous task of traffic control, or helping lift a citizen who has fallen in their home and cannot get up. They render aid in so very many ways,” he added, “often without most citizens knowing.”
Dobberstein said the police department often receives more from the fire department than the fire department receives from the police department.
“We sincerely appreciate the spirit of cooperation that exists between our two agencies,” Dobberstein said. “As a small gesture, we publicly acknowledge the many things that they do for the Fortuna Police Department and our community,” he said.
Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lon Winburn said: “The recognition means a great deal (because) our firefighters do put in an enormous amount of time and effort, not only in response to emergency and service calls, but also as an all-risk agency, in the training required to be prepared for the diversity of response requests they receive.”
Winburn said on behalf of his department that the plaque is very much appreciated.
“This recognizes the amount of effort and commitment that our firefighters put forth day in and day out, to serve our community,” Winburn said.