2014 Fire Ball Honors Valley Firefighting Heroes

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Brawley Mayor Don Campbell and his wife, Bertha, (Center) look over silent auction items at the Fire Ball.

EL CENTRO – A momentous night of honoring Imperial Valley firemen was held at the 2014 Fire Ball inside the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse Saturday.

Two large firetrucks were strategically placed in front of the entrance for the wonderfully decorated occasion, with ladders fully extended in the air, forming an archway for guests to walk under to enter the Fire Ball.

Red was definitely the themed color for the night. Red table tops were laced with sparkly diamonds and adorned with beautiful red rose bouquets which were also displayed throughout the room.

As dinner was served, attendees enjoyed a choice of tri-tip roast or honey mustard chicken, served with au gratin potatoes and mixed vegetables.

The climax of the evening came at the awards ceremony held for our local heros and their courageous, hard work, serving our community. Firefighters from the Imperial Valley received awards for excellence in firefighting and for being  exceptional fire officers.

Jose Gonzalez and Migual Castillo from Mexicali Fire Department received the courage award for their heroism during a dangerous situation in a house fire.

Susan Day, Executive Director for the Burn Institute presented to the room, Burn Institute Leader in training, Migual Villa, 17, an El Centro resident. “I am honored to be here, I feel as though I can, in some small part, give back by telling my story, and helping others like myself. I can let others know, they are not alone,” said Villa.

Tables were filled with donated items for guests to bid on during the silent action. Over 45 donated items were up for grabs, from a basket of Imperial Valley Honey to a day at Legoland for four.

Raffle tickets were sold for $5.00 for prizes such as an FM/AM radio, a day at the movies, or a $5000.00 photoshoot by Bradford Renaissance Portraits.

The Burn Institite offers a fire-safe kids 30-minute program that is designed to teach children about fire and burn prevention in a fun, interactive format. For more information on the program call, (760)355-3175.

All proceeds from the 2014 Fire Ball will go to the Burn Institute of Imperial Valley.

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