Saturday, January 6, 2018

• Fundraiser At Go Nutz Donuts

Go Nutz Donuts raised around $200 for fallen fire fighter Cory Iverson. 
This family photo shows Cory Iverson, his wife Ashley, and daughter, 2-year-old Evie Iverson. Ashley is expecting their second child.
You may remember that he died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation incurred  while fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Station 75's Captain Jeff Griffith and crew stopped by to pick up the money and pose for a couple of pictures at the same time. Also on hand was Wildomar mayor, Ben Benoit.
Left to right, Mayor Ben Benoit, Fire Fighter 1, Go Nutz Dounts head honcho Henry Silvestre, Captain Jeff Griffith of Station 75, Fire Fighter 2.
I asked Henry what motivated him regarding this cause. As it happens, he went to school up in Ojai and was closely following the news of the Thomas fire. Some of his former classmates lost their homes or were otherwise displaced. 

When he heard the bulletin about the death of a fire fighter named Cory from San Diego county, that rang a bell. He has a regular customer named Cory, that is also a fire fighter from the same general area, and he hadn't come into the store for awhile.

Captain Griffith stopped by and mentioned that Cory Iverson had gone to the academy with one of the guys from Station 75. 

Knowing how much money it takes to raise kids, and there being one and another on the way, Henry decided to put out a fireman's boot that people could put money into for the Iverson family. 

All the fire departments in San Diego County came together for one "boot drive" [started by] a couple of fire captains in Poway. They raised over $285,000 in one day.    

Captain Jeff Griffith, Station 75
Looking north from the Baxter overpass. You can see many cars that had stopped on the side of the road to get a glimpse of the passing hearse. 
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The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
— Michelangelo

Wildomar Rap has never missed the mark.

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