Molalla School Board honors wildfire volunteers
When massive wildfires threatened the livelihoods of Molalla residents in September, countless volunteers contributed in many ways. The Molalla River School District board of directors not only took notice but took the time to publicly honor those helpers.
"Without wonderful people like this, I think Molalla would have burned down," board member Linda Eskridge said at the Nov. 12 school board meeting. "Maybe I'm just overexaggerating, but I just truly appreciate the people who stepped up."
There, at the Nov. 12 meeting, the board unanimously approved the reading of a resolution recognizing community volunteers and civilian firefighters. Board members Craig Loughridge and Jennifer Satter drafted the resolution.
"It is during catastrophic events like these that civilian members of communities come together and protect one another, regardless of differences in politics, faith, race, gender and income," the preamble reads in part. "It is in times like these that an uncommon form of hero emerges: the brave, selfless volunteer businesses, organizations and individuals who see a need and who offer up their lives, their livelihoods and their possessions even without being asked or called to do so."
The resolution acknowledges that the community of Molalla faced great danger and that even highly-trained professionals needed outside help under the circumstances. It notes that the volunteers who stepped up came not only from within the city of Molalla but also surrounding areas such as Beavercreek, Clarkes, Dickey Prairie, Glen Avon, Maple Grove, Mulino, Rural Dell, Sawtell, Wilhoit and beyond.
The volunteers worked to supply water tankers, drive bulldozers, dig fire lines by hand, donate and prepare meals, provide shelter, transport livestock and much more, according to the resolution.
The resolution also calls attention to the fact that this level of volunteerism "sets a highly valuable example for the youth and students of our community."
The resolution concludes as follows:
"Be it resolved that the Molalla River School District board of directors recognizes and applauds ALL civilian firefighters and volunteer responders throughout the Molalla River School District and surrounding communities and offers them our most heartfelt appreciation for their gifts and their sacrifices."
The full resolution is available for viewing online at molallariv.k12.or.us under the board of directors' "BoardBook."
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