Cameron Park, CA – November 20, 2023
In a heartwarming tribute to two decades of dedicated service, CAL FIRE’s Division Chief Bob Counts, Unit Chief Mike Blankenheim, and Division Chief Brian Mackwood gathered in Cameron Park to recreate a photo that marked a significant milestone in their firefighting careers.
Twenty-three years ago, these three individuals made history as the first Firefighter 1s to serve under CAL FIRE’s contract with the Cameron Park Fire Department. This week’s reunion not only celebrated their enduring commitment but also paid homage to the journey that began with that pivotal photo.
The recreated image captures the spirit of camaraderie and resilience that has defined their tenure within CAL FIRE. Their leadership has been instrumental in shaping the firefighting landscape, and their unwavering dedication to service has left an indelible mark on the community.
The event in Cameron Park served as a poignant reminder of the shared history and collective accomplishments of these CAL FIRE Chiefs. As they stand side by side, recreating a moment frozen in time, it symbolizes not only their individual achievements but also the broader legacy of CAL FIRE in the region.
A heartfelt thank-you resonates from the community to these esteemed leaders, acknowledging the vital role they have played in safeguarding lives and property. Their continued commitment reflects the ethos of CAL FIRE and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of firefighters who follow in their footsteps.
# 23 years ago it was the CDF (California Department of Forestry).