THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mansfield Retires After 27 Years As Firefighter
Issue Date: January 9, 2019
When the Town of Lake Fire Department was started in 1991, Firefighter Donald Mansfield was there. Jeff Olive was chief, and Mansfield was one of the founding members. At the end of November, after being with the department for all of its 27 years, Mansfield officially turned in his gear and retired.
"Don is and will continue to be truly missed," declared current Town of Lake Fire Chief Craig Caylor. "He was always one of the first to respond to calls. At the station he would often get the trucks started and have routes mapped out before the other firefighters arrived." Once at the fire scene, Mansfield's main responsibility was that of directing traffic to keep the fire fighting crews safe, Chief Caylor said.
Mansfield also was always one of the first firefighters to arrive at meetings, and then would help set up tables and then assist with signup paper work.
"There was never a dull moment when Don was around," chief Caylor declared. "He was the heart and soul of our department."
"It's always a sad thing to lose any member," Chief Caylor went on. "We all know when our time for serving is done we have to count on another person to fill the void!"
"Volunteer firefighters are needed everywhere!" he said, and urged, "Please contact your local fire department if you would like to help your community."