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Fire on Ginger Ave!!

((Article Date 5/11/2018))

Ella Evans here to give you the scoop!

Normally the reporter isn’t the witness, but I happened to be house sitting for my mother when I awoke from a nap to the smell of smoke! As I rushed outside, I saw the house across the street up in flames! The Fire Department arrived quickly, and got to work immediately. Within the hour, the fire was extinguished.

I e-mailed Chief Sheppard with a couple questions about what happened, and this is what he had to say:

Q: Can I have a brief summary of the events?
A: Got a report of a Fire on Ginger Ave unknown address. Arriving in Engine-51 noticing the blaze calling for the additional tower from Station. Attacking the interior and attacking the exterior from variable of angles to keep the blaze contained to the property.

Q: How did the fire happen?
A: Searching the residence found a charred pile of leaves and a small cigarette. Suspected dry leaves ignited with a spark from a cigarette, catching the trees ablaze and spreading to the house.

Q: Is arson suspected?
A: At this time Arson is not Suspected.

Q: Was anyone injured, either civilians or anyone on your team?
A: Aside from a few singes on our uniforms no Civilian or FD members were injured in today’s fire.

Q: Were you pleased at how your team handled the situation?
A: I was pleased with the performance the team knowing what to do and following orders to the letter.

Q: What can residents do to prevent this from happening at their home?
A: Watch just where you toss things. Not only is it littering and bad for the town as a whole it can cause a whole new dangerous level.

Thankfully, the fire didn’t spread, and no other houses were affected.  Starlight Cinema is still in perfect shape! If you see any of the hard working fire fighters around town, make sure to give them a big THANK YOU! They were true heroes today and kept our community safe.

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Getting to Know a Sgt.

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It’s that time again! I’m Ella Evans (clairevoyantt) and this is another issue of Getting to Know! This week we are getting an inside scoop on the CCPD and one of its officers. I had the pleasure of visiting the CCPD and sitting with Sgt. Derek Johnson.

Derek moved to Cedar Creek in 2016 after living in Connecticut. He has been in law enforcement for 11 years. He told me that “law enforcement was always a childhood dream and I love every day!” It’s good to know that the people who protect our citizens love doing so. His Interest in law enforcement started when he was around 7 years old. He went on to explain, “of course then it was just the flashing lights and sirens that caught my attention but as i grew older my interest also grew.” In his spare time you can catch Sgt Johnson “fishing, hunting, working on my vehicles and spending time with friends and family.” Seems like even officers of the CCPD are just like us!

I asked what a typical work week is like for Sgt Johnson and he explained that “My position as a TAG sergeant in the Cedar Creek Police Department is to do routine patrol duties, however TAG Officers work closer with the community so we can work together and not against each other. It offers the public with a better understanding in what we are really out here trying to achieve. A typical work week for me… Well every day is different so thats hard to answer.” I could only imagine the range of different situations the CCPD is put in each day, ranging from routine traffic stops to robberies.

Derek told me that “there are many challengers in law enforcement but the rewards usually always are worth the trouble we go through. Its always nice to see how our actions help others.” He explained that “the people he serves and seeing them safe” are his biggest inspirations and “what keeps him going”. He recalled a time when he “saved someone from drowning in a local waterway.” when asked about his most memorable moment in his career. He explained that “bringing someone back to life is definitely something that will be with me forever.” Wow, a true hero!

There are many ways we, as residents of the community, can help out the CCPD. Sgt Johnson went on to say that we can “come and speak with us at any time for anything. We all need to work together to make the town of Cedar Creek a better place! If you see something, say something!!” I couldn’t agree more!

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a police officer, Derek offered some wonderful words of wisdom. “Do your homework, really understand what it is you are getting into. Law enforcement isn’t just another job. This is a career and as a officer we do not look at each other as co-workers, we are family. But if its what you want to do, study hard and give your all!”

As I was leaving, I made sure to snap a couple pictures! If you see Sgt Johnson around, make sure you give him a wave, and be sure to know where your police department is in case you ever need anything!

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Get to know the Fire Chief!

Have you ever wondered who dedicates their time to keeping the Cedar Creek community beautiful, safe, and an all around wonderful place to live? I’m Ella Evans (clairevoyantt) and I’ve created the “Getting To Know” series so you can find out!

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Fire Chief John Sheppard, learning about the inner-workings of not only the fire department, but what makes him tick as well.

Chief Sheppard started off as an officer in another town helping out in the fire department before he moved to Cedar Creek. He “wanted to be more involved in saving lives and property.” I asked what he liked to do in his spare time and he told me that he “likes to take a drive or pop out in the helicopter to keep his flying up to date.” I couldn’t believe he flies in a helicopter for FUN! That would be absolutely terrifying for me.

A typical work week in the life of Chief Sheppard includes reading reports from calls and station logs and heading out on calls with the crew (like a true leader!) with his “personal fire truck, the trusty C-1.” He also looks at equipment requisitions to better serve the community along with his command staff. I had no idea that there was so much needing to be done besides just fighting fires and saving lives.

As a Chief, there are many challenges and rewards that come from choosing this career path. When I asked him to elaborate, Chief Sheppard stated: “With doing both the firefighters job and an EMT, it provides a challenge of situations that you never really know what you are going into. If a house fire flares as we are attacking it, that presents a challenge and a dangerous experience. With being an EMT its very situational to the person or call you are tending to, which keeps you on your toes at all times.” It appears Chief Sheppard wears many hats all at the same time. Chief Sheppard took over CCFD in a quick manner and getting it on track and updated has been a challenge for him, but very rewarding as well. “Staying up to date on training and equipment will ultimately save lives and that’s what it’s all about.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

As with most careers, there’s always that one person who personally stands out, encouraging success. Chief Sheppard finds his old police department chief his biggest inspiration, as he also moved over to the Fire Department and “gave him some of the best training and motivation anyone could ask for in a professional field.” I’m sure he would be very proud of how far Chief Sheppard has come.

In order to make things safer in Cedar Creek and the jobs of the CCFD as easy as possible, I asked what we could do as a community to help out. Chief Sheppard said, “It all starts at the root, trying to get more interaction between the community and emergency services. Trust that when we are running lights, it’s an emergency and to give us that space to get around to provide the best and fastest response we can.” You heard it from the source people! (Safely) get out of their way!

If any of you reading are thinking about a career in emergency services, I asked Chief Sheppard to give out some free advice! He told me: “I would have to say to stay with it and stay motivated. Don’t just give up because it’s hard. It’s very rewarding to know you could have saved the woman down the street or to know you’re keeping morale up in town knowing you are there to save them (residents). Its a hard job and a dangerous one, but very rewarding.” I, for one, couldn’t agree more.

On my way out, I snapped a picture of Chief Sheppard and the Fire Station, so if you see him around, be sure to give him a friendly hello! His hard work and dedication for the Cedar Creek community has truly made it a better place to live.

 

Chief John Sheppard for CCC