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Eight-year-old Lexi Lopez and 6-year-old sister Presleigh Lopez strike a pose with Santa Claus, as Sparky the Fire Dog hands out candy and Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District Captain Elaine Frank serves as a helpful elf at the traditional Fireman’s Christmas Program held at CRC on the evening of Dec. 12. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Christmas at CRC

Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District brought Christmas to C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School students with the traditional annual Fireman’s Christmas Program, held Dec. 12 at the auditorium at CRC.

The room was full as families gathered to be serenaded by first-grade students, caroling merrily with smiles in place.

After the musical treat, Santa Claus himself made a grand entrance to a roar of applause, and the jolly old Saint assisted Principal Melissa Leal in choosing the eight children — two from each grade — who would take home shiny new bikes and helmets, too.

After each of the winning children had been announced, the group lined up excitedly with the gleaming row of new bikes for photos, hopping onto seats and twisting handlebars with giant grins.

The crowd formed into a line, each family taking a turn to get a photo with Santa, with Sparky the Fire Dog giving out hugs and Eastern Plumas volunteers handing out candy to each child.

The Fire Protection District would like to thank all who came together to donate toward the 2019 Fireman’s Christmas Program. Due to the heartfelt support, the department was able to purchase the target goal of eight new bicycles and helmets, and candy for all.

Specifically, EPRFPD thanked the Veterans of Foreign Wars – High Sierra Post 3758, Teresa Whitfield, Lauren Knox, Kunsman Fence, the Calpine Lady Elks #2432, Thomas Nolte, Lambert & Lambert Insurance Services, Coates Tire Center, Anaris Frazier and Country Breeze Cleaning.

The department also thanked Eastern Plumas Health Care, J&J Grizzly Store, American Legion Mighty Mountaineers Post #329, Julie Anderson and the EPRFPD Firefighter’s Association.

“Without your help, we would not be able to carry on this community tradition, and from all of us, thank you!” said Elaine Frank, Director of the EPRFPD Firefighter’s Association. “We wish all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

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