Eight Units Damaged in Apartment Fire, One Resident Injured

Source: Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District  |  2016-11-03

Six engines, three trucks, and four medics were involved in caring for the injured resident, extinguishing the fire, protecting the adjacent units, and saving residents’ personal belongings.

Just after 1 pm on October 30th, Metro Fire crews responding to an apartment fire at 1251 Fulton Avenue in the Arden area found heavy black smoke coming from a second story apartment. The fire, which had started in a bathroom, had already spread to the attic and an adjoining apartment.

Bystanders reported multiple victims, so three additional medic units were requested while firefighters initiated fire attack and began searching for victims. Crews searched and evacuated the involved units, ventilated the structure, and kept the fire from spreading to other units. One female victim was located and transported to the hospital with moderate injuries; there were no other victims from the fire.

A coordinated fire attack allowed firefighters to contain the fire to the two upstairs units. Two additional apartments sustained smoke damage, while four more sustained water damage. Six engines, three trucks, and four medics were involved in caring for the injured resident, extinguishing the fire, protecting the adjacent units, and saving residents’ personal belongings.  The residents of all eight units will be displaced; Red Cross was requested to assist them. No firefighters were injured in the fire. Updated damage estimate is $75,000, with the cause of the fire still under investigation.

Our hearts go out to the resident injured in this fire, and to all the families displaced. Please take a few extra steps to lower the risk of fire hurting your family or destroying your home: test your smoke alarms, keep space heaters at least three feet from anything combustible, use flameless candles whenever possible, and always dispose of your fireplace ashes in a metal container.

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CHPD Awarded Grant for Traffic Safety

Source: Anthony Boehle, Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2016-10-21

The Citrus Heights Police Department has been awarded a $145,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Citrus Heights Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“I am proud of our continued partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety. It is because of our combined efforts we have seen success combating impaired driving in the City of Citrus Heights,” said Lieutenant Jason Russo. “CHPD is looking forward to seeing even greater success in reducing collisions through the use of innovative strategies into 2017.”

After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed has climbed nearly 17% across the state with 3,176 killed in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the six-year rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

“Years of research tell us that enforcement and education work best jointly to combat unsafe driving,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “This grant brings both tactics together, with the Office of Traffic Safety and the Citrus Heights Police Department working in concert to help keep the streets and highways safe across Citrus Heights and the state.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Educational presentations
  • DUI checkpoints
  • DUI saturation patrols
  • Motorcycle safety enforcement
  • Distracted driving enforcement
  • Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
  • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
  • Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Suspect Arrested for Drug Possession, Drug Sales, and Possession of Stolen Property

Source: Jason Russo, Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2016-10-20

On September 22, 2016, at approximately 7:00 AM, the Citrus Heights Police Department SWAT Team served a Search Warrant at a residence located on the 8300 block of Olivine Avenue, in Citrus Heights.

This investigation leading up to this search revealed the resident was in possession of drugs, and selling drugs from the residence. Upon the service of the Search Warrant, Officers located evidence of the drug possession, sales, as well as stolen property linked to stolen vehicles, and vehicle burglaries from the Sacramento and Roseville area.

Detectives were able to identify victims of these related burglaries and thefts and eventually return some items to the victims. Some of the property recovered included personal belongings, suspected identity theft items, and a stolen trailer.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and will be seeking to arrest others who may be involved in criminal activity related to these crimes.

The suspect, a 61-year-old white male from Citrus Heights, was arrested and transported to the Sacramento County Jail for multiple felony charges.

The Citrus Heights Police Department is extremely grateful for the partnership and cooperation from our community which aids in the identification of suspicious activity and other related criminal conduct including dangerous subjects. We encourage neighbors to use social media apps such as Nextdoor.com and follow us on Twitter to stay informed and involved in their community.

The community of Citrus Heights has zero tolerance for this type of criminal activity and knows the Citrus Heights Police Department will strictly enforce these laws. Additionally, if you see something, say something. Reporting dangerous acts or suspicious circumstances can and will save lives.

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Broadside Collision Kills Driver and Passenger on Garfield

Source: California Highway Patrol  |  2016-10-20

On October 13, 2016, at 6 p.m., a 58-year-old female driver from Carmichael was driving a red Honda CRZ southbound on Garfield Ave in the left turn lane for Kiva Dr. She had a 61-year male passenger seated in the front right seat. A 20-year-old male from North Highlands, was driving a green 2003 Lexus SC430, northbound on Garfield Ave south of Kiva Dr. at a high rate of speed approaching the Honda’s location. The driver of the Honda turned left directly in front of the Lexus. The front of the Lexus collided with the right side of the Honda and pushed the Honda in a northeasterly direction where it eventually crashed into a house on the northeast corner.

After the collision, all three parties were transported to local hospitals and the CHP responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. The driver and passenger of the Honda died at the hospital. The driver of the Lexus received minor injuries and was eventually released from the hospital. Alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor in this collision. Criminal charges are being looked into for the driver of the Lexus.

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Metro Fire and the Sacramento Kings Celebrate Cancer Survivors

Source: Sacramento Metro Fire Department  |  2016-10-13

After meeting with the survivors, the Pink Engine and the Kings’ crew passed out pink Cancer Awareness items at Arden Fair Mall. Join Metro Fire’s Pink Engine at tonight’s Kings Game, the first home game in the new Golden 1 Center.

Metro Fire and the Sacramento Kings, partnering with Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation, tried to make the weekend of three breast cancer survivors a little brighter, and a lot “pinker”. Metro Fire’s Pink Cancer Awareness fire engine, and its crew, drove two Sacramento Kings Dancer’s, to the home of each survivor.  The Kings Dancers surprised the survivors with a bouquet of pink flowers, a bag of Kings Memorabilia, and tickets to today’s Pre-Season game. The three survivors, Laura Andrus, Teresa Partington, and Therese Shaw, along with their families, were able to take a lot of pictures with the engine, crew and dancers, and more importantly, tell their stories of survival.

After meeting with the survivors, the Pink Engine and the Kings’ crew passed out pink Cancer Awareness items at Arden Fair Mall. Join Metro Fire’s Pink Engine at tonight’s Kings Game, the first home game in the new Golden 1 Center. The crew and the engine will be available on display, so make sure to take plenty of pictures, then submit them to PinkEngine@metrofire.ca.gov to take part in the District’s photo contest.  For more information on Metro Fire’s Cancer Awareness Engine and the photo contest, visit our website at www.metrofire.ca.gov

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New Police Chief Named

Source: Citrus Heights Police Department  |  2016-10-06

Ron Lawrence takes the helm of the police department from Christopher W. Boyd, recently selected as City Manager for the City of Citrus Heights. 
--Photo courtesy of City of Citrus Heights

The City of Citrus Heights announces the appointment of Chief Ron Lawrence as its next Police Chief. Lawrence currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Rocklin Police Department, a position he has held for the last five years. Lawrence takes the helm of the police department from Christopher W. Boyd, recently selected as City Manager for the City of Citrus Heights.

“It is with great pleasure that I introduce Ron Lawrence as the next Chief of Police for Citrus Heights,” said Boyd. “I have tremendous respect for Chief Lawrence as a law enforcement executive and know his high standards in leadership, community service, and public safety will well lead the Citrus Heights Police Department into its next chapter. Twenty-seven years of law enforcement experience in the Sacramento and Bay Area regions have earned him an excellent reputation with law enforcement professionals industry-wide, and in the agencies and communities he has served. His empathy and compassion are values of utmost importance in today’s policing.”

Lawrence said, “Chris Boyd has been a mentor of mine for some time; I am honored and humbled that he asked me to oversee the exceptional police department he worked so hard to build. This opportunity is exciting for me both personally and professionally. While it may seem counterintuitive to leave a job at which I excelled and truly loved, I like to think I'm leaving Rocklin on a high-note, having contributed to the prosperity of the Department and City. I am ready for a new challenge and am much looking forward to working alongside outstanding law enforcement professionals, that is, the men and women of the Citrus Heights Police Department.”

Ron is an Adjunct Professor with William Jessup University and a graduate of the FBI National Academy and California POST Command College. Lawrence holds a Master’s in Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He currently serves as the 3rd Vice President of the California Police Chiefs Association.

Boyd was appointed City Manager upon the retirement of Henry Tingle who served in that capacity for 18 years. Chief Lawrence will begin his new post with the Citrus Heights Police Department on Monday, October 31, 2016.

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Cancer Awareness Engine Goes into Service

Source: Sacramento Metro Fire Department  |  2016-10-06

In support of every person affected by cancer, Metro Fire will be operating a Cancer Awareness engine for the third year. The engine will run out of five fire stations, one in each of our Battalions, during the month of October.

Most all of us have been touched by cancer in one way or another, by our own personal battle, or that of friends and loved ones. Firefighters are not exempt. Not only do we respond to the homes of cancer patients on a regular basis, but we’ve watched fellow firefighters lose their battles with cancer and we’ve rejoiced with those who have beaten it.

In support of every person affected by cancer, Metro Fire will be operating a Cancer Awareness engine for the third year. The engine will run out of five fire stations, one in each of our Battalions, during the month of October. The engine will start its month of service today at Station 24 (4942 College Oak Drive). The cost to wrap the fire engine was 100% donated by Vehicle Wraps, Inc. and Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522.

Get your cameras out because this year we have added a photo contest!

The Contest:

  • During the month of October, 2016, we want the public to take pictures of the pink engine wherever they see it (other than in a fire station): on a fire, at a school teaching kids, with families at a park, saving an animal, etc…
  • Submit the picture, along with your name, and contact info to: PinkEngine@metrofire.ca.gov by November 4th, 2016.
  • All properly submitted photos will be evaluated and the ONE determined to best represent Metro Fire will be selected as the winner. The winner will be announced on or before November 14, 2016.

The Prize:

Become a Firefighter for a Day!*

The winner becomes an honorary member of the crew on a fire engine, doing what firefighters do on a daily basis: responding to 9-1-1 calls, assisting at community events, washing the fire engine, training, making dinner and eating with the crew, etc…Alternative accommodations will be made, if needed.

Full contest details can be found at www.metrofire.ca.gov.

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