The Chino Valley Fire District Honor Guard marches in for a recent Noontimers Lions Club memorial dedication for the Fallen 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots at Memory Park on April 25.
The Chino Valley Firefighters Foundation was formed to help local citizens in times of need following a fire or other emergency.
In addition, the foundation supports several of Chino Valley Fire District personnel who participate in a regional Honor Guard that carries and presents "the colors," or flags, in various services and community events. The regional group will attend the annual Wall of Honor memorial service in Colorado Springs on Sept. 17-22.
The latest foundation project is the establishment of a scholarship fund in memory of fallen Hotshot Wade Scott Parker, who grew up in Chino Valley and whose father, Danny Parker, recently retired as a captain/paramedic from Chino Valley Fire District.
"This has been a long time coming, and thanks to the generosity of our community, our foundation has the funds to move forward with our plans," stated Rob Zazueta, a CVFD representative.
Each year, the scholarship will go to a Chino Valley High School graduating senior who plans to study fire science or emergency service professions.
A foundation brochure about the scholarship states, "The Foundation seeks to assist future firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics who will carry on the qualities of service, commitment, dedication, courage and integrity that Wade exemplified in his daily life," describing Wade as a "talented and vibrant young man who is highly respected in our community for his dedication to his church, family, friends and his community."
The foundation, a non-profit organization, has going fund-raisers for its various functions and projects. Coming this Sunday, May 18, from 8 a.m.-noon, the foundation will have a pancake breakfast, open to the community. The breakfast will be at fire station #2 on east Road 2 South.
Cost is a $5 donation to the foundation, and the meal will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, berries, juice and coffee. People can tour the station and fire trucks, and fire personnel will have a fire safety information table. Smokey Bear also will visit with kids at the breakfast.
Fundraisers also will help seven Chino Valley members of the regional Honor Guard and a local bagpiper to attend the Colorado Springs event, the International Association of Fallen Firefighters, which will unveil the names of the Fallen 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots. Expenses will include travel and three days' hotel stay for eight people.
For more information about the scholarship, the Honor Guard trip, the pancake breakfast or the foundation, in general, contact Rob Zazueta at 636-2442 or 533-1015.