CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Firefighters from throughout the Sacramento area are suited up and ready for this year’s 24th annual “Fill the Boot for Burns” Boot Drive to be held in Citrus Heights February 8th through 11th. Firefighters from many of the fire departments serving Sacramento and the surrounding communities will spend their day shaking their boots and volunteering their time to collect donations at the intersections of Sunrise Blvd. and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights. Firefighters will be collecting donations to support the Firefighters Burn Institute (FFBI) and assure that the best possible burn treatment and recovery programs are available in Northern and Central California.
The Boot Drive is open to the public and will include a FREE Safety Fair on Saturday, February 10th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Safety Fair will include fire department displays, helicopter landings, vehicle extrication demonstrations and fun activities for the kids. This event will be held in the Sunrise Mall parking lot, weather permitting.
Donations collected during the annual boot drives have also made it possible for the FFBI to pledge two million dollars toward the construction of the new FFBI Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center. The 7,900-square foot, 12-bed burn unit now provides comprehensive care with the most technologically advanced treatment options available to burn patients throughout inland northern California, northwest Nevada and southern Oregon.
The FFBI, founded in 1973 by Sacramento Area Fire Fighters, Local 522, has grown into the area’s largest firefighter-run charity. It helped establish the first burn unit in Sacramento in 1974 and continues to donate medical equipment, fund burn research and provide free burn recovery programs, including two annual camps for young burn survivors.
The Firefighters Kids Camp is held each summer for kids ages 7 to 17 years, and the Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp for children ages 3 to 6. These camps provide burn survivor children a safe place to be just like everyone else and provide a positive environment to overcome challenges and achieve goals. Camp provides an opportunity for kids who have experienced terrible circumstances to see a future filled with endless possibilities.
Please come out and show your support and help our Firefighters “Fill the Boot for Burns!” For additional information please contact the Firefighters Burn Institute at (916) 739-8525 or visit their website at www.ffburn.org.
Results from “See Something, Say Something” Community Awareness
Citrus Heights, CA (MPG) - In the early morning hours on July 11, 2017, CHPD Police officers were able to take two burglary suspects safely into custody.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., a nearby witness saw the suspects cutting locks in a storage facility, located in the 7500 block of Greenback Lane, and called to report the suspicious activity. The combined efforts of the police officers and the witness helped to make quick work catching these criminals.
We want to thank the witness for being attentive to the suspicious activity and quickly reporting it to our communication center. In addition, the witness was able to stay in a safe location while providing the responding officers with additional information. As a result of their actions, we were able to quickly locate the individuals and take them into custody.
Citrus Heights Police officers work hard day and night to develop and maintain strong working relationships with our community to make the city safer. This morning’s incident is just an example of the efforts and good work that our officers do within the community. Keeping our streets safe requires teamwork on the part of the community and the police department, which is why we always encourage our residents to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
Officer Spencer said, “The actions of the witness and the teamwork demonstrated by our police officers made quick work of catching these individuals. We want the community to know we will not allow this behavior in our community. CHPD encourages our community members to stay observant and report suspicious activity.”
The investigation continues and we are looking to identify any additional victims. Storage facilities are typically used for long-term storage and not visited regularly by the renter, which causes potential crimes to be late reported. CHPD encourages those who use storage facilities to check on their storage unit more frequently to ensure you are not a victim of theft. If you are a resident or business owner in the City of Citrus Heights and believe you may be a victim of a burglary or theft we encourage you to contact us and file a report.
The community continues to be the “eyes and ears” for the police department in order to help us reduce crime and keep our city safe.
Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 11-14, 2017. Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service, first hand. The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, teach life safety skills and provide a basic understanding of the firefighting profession, in a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills, while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.
To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12 or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2017.
For applications and more information, visit our website: www.metrofire.ca.gov.
On 4/28/2017 at approximately 7:50 a.m., Detectives from the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit served a marijuana cultivation search warrant in the 7300 block of Little Oaks Way in Citrus Heights.
Upon entry into the residence, detectives discovered a sophisticated Butane Hash Oil (BHO) extraction laboratory. Due to the safety risks concerned with butane hash oil operations, detectives evacuated the location and summoned the Sacramento County Hazardous Materials team to assess the scene. When the location was deemed safe for entry, detectives seized thirty five gallons of commercial butane, a sophisticated butane hash oil extraction system, 161 marijuana plants, and approximately 3 ounces of hash oil from the laboratory. The California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-MMET) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) team assisted with the investigation.
During the course of the investigation, Detectives identified Charles Jamison (36 years old) as being actively involved in this BHO extraction laboratory. On 5/3/2017, Jamison was placed under arrest for manufacturing a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a place for the unlawful purpose of selling, giving away or using controlled substances. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail.
The chemical process associated with BHO laboratories is extremely dangerous and has resulted in numerous injuries and deaths throughout the country. The growing trend for home grown “hash oil” laboratories is alarming. The Citrus Heights Police Department strongly cautions against individuals being anywhere near BHO laboratories, whether active or not, due to the high risk for injury or death. Citrus Heights Police would like to remind the community that the passage of California Proposition 64, which allows for the legal possession of specified amounts of marijuana for those over 21 years old, does not legalize the chemical solvent extraction process used to create hash/honey oil.
After learning of the sophisticated BHO extraction lab, Citrus Heights Police Chief Ronald Lawrence stated, “This was truly a dangerous situation that law enforcement throughout California continues to face. The increase in this type of illegal drug activity in our local communities is a real change for California policing, and we are fortunate no one got hurt by this reckless felon. I am pleased with our regional cooperation by allied agencies who assisted us with the clean-up of this home.”
The extreme danger involved to the neighboring residents of these laboratories have made their eradication a priority for law enforcement and the specialized HAZMAT teams trained to safely dispose of them in the State of California. If you become aware of a laboratory, please get yourself and others to a safe location and notify local law enforcement immediately.
Citrus Heights Police are investigating a collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian that occurred in the 8000 block of Glen Tree Drive. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle.
At approximately 9:45 p.m., Citrus Heights Police received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a collision where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. Neighbors in the 8000 block of Glen Tree Drive reported hearing screeching tires and then an impact. An adult male pedestrian was found in the roadway. The driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
The collision is being investigated by the CHPD Traffic Unit. Preliminary information indicates alcohol and speed may have been factors in the cause of the collision.
The Police Department wants to remind all persons utilizing the roadway, motorists and pedestrians alike, to exercise caution, particularly in residential neighborhoods. Drivers are reminded to stay aware of their speed, and pedestrians are encouraged to utilize crosswalks and wear bright colored clothing if walking at night.
Captain Shawn Condit began his fire service career with American River Fire Department on August 4, 1990. In 2000, American River Fire District and Sacramento County Fire Protection District merged to become the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, also known as Metro Fire. Shawn is the Truck Captain at Fire Station 109 where he oversees a truck crew of three firefighters. Station 109 is located in the Carmichael community and is unique in that this is where the Hazardous Materials unit is housed. Captain Condit coordinates the Hazardous Materials program for our department.
Throughout his career, Captain Condit has demonstrated leadership on multiple levels. Aside from being an excellent company officer, he has been a leader in the Hazardous Materials Program. His tenure in the program provides the stability needed while offering training opportunities for his crew. Captain Condit and his crew willingly take on new employees and are often called upon by the training cadre to work with academies and probationary employees. When these new individuals spend time with his crew, they are provided with a positive experience and given information that will hopefully move them down the road through the process. In addition to all his regular responsibilities at the station, Captain Condit must maintain his Hazardous Materials certification, putting added responsibility upon himself.
In addition to his hard work at Metro Fire, Captain Condit serves as a Metro Director with the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 union. This is an elected position by his peers. Shawn has held a position within the Union for over 10 years. He is an acknowledged leader within the union, and over the last 10 years he has moved up the ranks, starting out as a shift representative and eventually moving into the elected position he currently holds. He continues to do an outstanding job of representing the union members of our organization.
As Metro Director, Captain Condit represents the membership in many different ways. During our last contract negotiation, Captain Condit demonstrated calm, consistent leadership during the negotiation and confirmation process, acting as the facilitator for these meetings. He allowed for spirited but respectful debate. During these meetings, he is often involved in matters that are sensitive in nature and does not violate confidence. It is this trustworthiness that makes him an excellent Union officer and, by extension, Company Officer.
As a Union leader he takes a positive role in a needed position. Often times, employees are referred to him by management. His ability to listen fully to their problems and then calmly and positively advise them on a course of action tends to benefit both the department and the member. He acts in the best traditions of Union leadership and through this process, the matter is often resolved at the lowest level.
To be a leader, particularly as a firefighter, your work ethic must be self-evident. Since an outstanding work ethic is common at Metro Fire it is difficult to point out where one employee’s efforts are better than another, however in the case of Captain Condit he stands out each and every day. Many excellent company officers come to work and do their assignments and perform admirably, but taking a leadership position in the Union and Haz Mat program shows that Captain Shawn Condit is willing to give of himself to this department and its members. He is well respected within the Department, the Union and his crew.
Fire Chief Todd Harms was honored to name Captain Shawn Condit as Metro Fire’s 2016 Suppression Employee of the Year.
On March 23, 2017 members of the Citrus Heights American Legion Post 637 presented Police Chief Ron Lawrence and Commander Gina Anderson with a donation that will help bring a life-saving program to the Citrus Heights Police Department (CHPD).
One of the realities both law enforcement and the military share is the high rate of mental health disorders and suicides in both professions. The CHPD is working to bring Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed expert on this issue to Citrus Heights to present a workshop to their police officers and families.
Vice Commander Sylvia Thweatt presented the donation, saying their members stand behind the police department and wanted to contribute towards this endeavor. Commander Anderson thanked the Legion for their donation, acknowledging the spiritual bond shared by the police and military, both sworn to defend the Constitution and to protect the people.
The workshop will help officers understand and learn how to cope with the emotional “Hypervigilance Rollercoaster” they face daily, so they can maintain healthy relationships and retire with their mental health intact.
A fundraiser is being held to generate the funds to bring Gilmartin, author of “A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Their Families” to Citrus Heights. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Citrus Heights Women’s Club and GFWC Sutter District are bringing “A Taste of Citrus Heights” to the Citrus Heights Community Center on April 28, 2017 to raise these funds.
The event will bring many local restaurants together for the public to sample their menu items, along with wine and beer, music and comedy. Look for more details on the event in future issues of the Messenger.
For information on purchasing tickets for “Taste of Citrus Heights” or if you own a restaurant or food truck and would like to participate at no cost, call 505-9221, go to www.tasteofcitrusheights.com.