From left are Sgt. Anthony Marquez. Academy Commander Capt. Joshua Moeckly, Academy Administrator Jason Lowe, (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vail and Dolly McCarthy.

Story by Dolly McCarthy-Duffy
Office of Training and Professional Development
Photos by Cameron Applegate, TV Specialist

The Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center, the Northern Office of Peace Officer Selection, and the Adult Learning Institute organized a drive for the first responders of the Sonoma-Napa fires.

An inmate helps load a truck with supplies at the Correctional Training Center.

The units are under the direction of Stacy Lopez, Deputy Director of CDCR’s Peace Officer Selection and Educational Development (POSED).

Each year the POSED holiday committee is dedicated to giving back and selects a charity or association that could use help in  difficult times. This year it was easy to select the heroes who risked their lives to save the towns and homes from the catastrophic wildfires.

First responders in Sonoma and Napa Counties rushed to save lives even as some of their own homes were burning. After the smoke cleared, the first responders were finally able to return home, many learning their own homes were lost.

More than 160 first responder lost their homes just in Sonoma County. One firefighter died in the line of duty and several first responders were injured.

Through the donation of the units in POSED, two truckloads of furniture, household appliances, linens, kitchen wares, clothes, coats, shoes, blankets, toys and bikes were loaded onto the trucks to be taken to a warehouse in Sonoma that the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office has organized to distribute to the first responders and their families.

In spirit of gift-giving, the POSED holiday committee reached out to the California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville who responded with a donation of 15 refurbished-like-new bicycles for fire victims in Sonoma.

Organizers thanked Dan Cueva, Chief Deputy Warden, and his staff at CMF for their donation.

A truck is loaded with donations to the Sonoma-Napa first responders who lost their homes in the devastating fires.