The district's board of directors recognized Molalla Fire as an outstanding community partner

Molalla's school board recently honored Molalla Fire as an outstanding community partner.

School board member Craig Loughridge presented the recognition at a recent business meeting.

"Fire Chief Vince Stafford and his team have done tremendous things for our students, and for that we are grateful," Loughridge said.

In addition to Stafford, Loughridge gave thanks to several other specific firemen, including Fire Marshal Mike Penunuri, Lieutenant Mike Berrington and Lieutenant Byron Wakefield.

Wakefield has helped facilitate the Fire Science Studies program at Molalla High School in cooperation with Clackamas Community College.

"This is something that will benefit our students and our community immeasurably," Loughridge said. "It sets MHS apart in the county and the region for offering this type of learning opportunity in an important career pathway."

But the district didn't offer the recognition only because of the new program, but also because of the "many contributions" the fire district has made to the schools and for helping to provide a safe community and safe schools.

Loughridge praised Penunuri for his leadership and support, and Berrington for his work in crisis training.

"For their outstanding contributions to the students in our district and their leadership in assuring for the general well-being of our entire community, Molalla Fire is hereby recognized as an outstanding partner by the Molalla River School District Board of Directors," Loughridge said at the meeting.

Kristen Wohlers
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