Fillmore Fire Celebrates Centennial
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
On Saturday, December 14th, the Fillmore City Fire Department celebrated the holidays at their annual Christmas party. This year was especially meaningful to the members of the organization as they commemorated the centennial of the Fillmore Fire Department. Fire Chief Rigo Landeros shared with the attendees a history of the department, acknowledging its many changes, challenges, and accomplishments over the past 100 years. He recited the names of the ten past fire chiefs and made a special presentation to George Campbell, Fillmore City's oldest surviving Chief. Pictured (l-r) are Bill Herrera (Fire Chief 2007-2009) currently Assistant Chief, Curtis Adams (former Assistant Chief), Rodger Campbell (former Assistant Chief) George Campbell (fire Chief 1976-1987), Rigo Landeros (current Fire Chief), Bob Scott currently Assistant Chief, Pat Askren (Fire Chief 1987-2006) currently Assistant Chief. Chief Landeros shared stories and personal memories of Chief Campbell's service as the department's leader. Chief Campbell's wife, two sons, and daughter were in attendance and beaming with pride. Former Chiefs Pat Askren and Bill Herrera also spoke, expressing their gratitude to the members of the Fire Department and their families for the sacrifices they make to serve our community and keep our citizens safe. The Department members were then pinned with commemorative centennial badges (inset) that will be worn on their uniforms for the next year, and then retired. A wonderful dinner was served, followed by dancing. A great time was shared by all who attended. The members of the Department would like to especially thank the Fillmore Firefighters Foundation for sponsoring this year's event and centennial badges.