Firefighters from Five Agencies Converge at St. Joseph’s for Unveiling of Memorial Plaques

CalFire Chief Mary Stock thanked those at St. Joseph's, who held bake sales to help pay for the new plaques.

CalFire Chief Mary Stock thanked those at St. Joseph's, who held bake sales to help pay for the new plaques.

Firefighters from the Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County Fire Departments joined with members of CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as representatives of the California Highway Patrol and the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station yesterday, for a special dedication ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the North Shore. The special event was to unveil two new additions to the church’s memorial walk, which honors each branch of the military; the two new brass plaques are now in place to recognize fallen firefighters and law enforcement personnel. The memorial walkway was first a dream of Colonel Richard Speedman of Baldwin Lake who, along with Father Mike Krelovich and parishioners of St. Joseph’s, made the tribute possible. Yesterday’s dedication, during which Father Mike explained that the memorials are intended to help friends and family of those who have served by offering a peaceful place to pay tribute, also included Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis on the history of ringing the firefighter’s bell, and Forest Service Battalion Chief Betty Ashe, who rang the bell. Deputy Chief Paul Cook of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department offered his appreciation for the memorial on behalf of law enforcement and CalFire Chief Mary Stock, also a parishioner of St. Joseph’s, was also on hand to thank those involved for including firefighters in the memorial. The June 28 ceremony, which included well over 100 members of the community, concluded with a blessing by Father Mike and the unveiling of the new memorials at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Local firefighters were present for the unveiling of the new plaques honoring firefiighters and law enforcement.

Local firefighters were present for the unveiling of the new plaques honoring firefiighters and law enforcement.

The June 28 ceremony concluded with a blessing by Father Mike (in green). The memorial walkway is at St Joseph's, which is on the North Shore just east of Stanfield Cutoff.

The June 28 ceremony concluded with a blessing by Father Mike (in green). The memorial walkway is at St Joseph's, which is on the North Shore just east of Stanfield Cutoff.

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Firefighters from the Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County Fire Departments joined with members of CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as representatives of the California Highway Patrol and the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station yesterday, for a special dedication ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on the North Shore. The special event was to unveil two new additions to the church’s memorial walk, which honors each branch of the military; the two new brass plaques are now in place to recognize fallen firefighters and law enforcement personnel. The memorial walkway was first a dream of Colonel Richard Speedman of Baldwin Lake who, along with Father Mike Krelovich and parishioners of St. Joseph’s, made the tribute possible. Yesterday’s dedication, during which Father Mike explained that the memorials are intended to help friends and family of those who have served by offering a peaceful place to pay tribute, also included Big Bear City Fire Chief Jeff Willis on the history of ringing the firefighter’s bell, and Forest Service Battalion Chief Betty Ashe, who rang the bell. Deputy Chief Paul Cook of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department offered his appreciation for the memorial on behalf of law enforcement and CalFire Chief Mary Stock, also a parishioner of St. Joseph’s, was also on hand to thank those involved for including firefighters in the memorial. The June 28 ceremony, which included well over 100 members of the community, concluded with a blessing by Father Mike and the unveiling of the new memorials at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

[caption id="attachment_6226" align="alignleft" width="575" caption="Local firefighters were present for the unveiling of the new plaques honoring firefiighters and law enforcement."]Local firefighters were present for the unveiling of the new plaques honoring firefiighters and law enforcement.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6227" align="alignleft" width="575" caption="The June 28 ceremony concluded with a blessing by Father Mike (in green). The memorial walkway is at St Joseph's, which is on the North Shore just east of Stanfield Cutoff."]The June 28 ceremony concluded with a blessing by Father Mike (in green). The memorial walkway is at St Joseph's, which is on the North Shore just east of Stanfield Cutoff.[/caption]

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