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Manteca Fire Captain Keith Scott helps Valley CAPS consumer Rosemary Sanchez with the firehose.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED May 8, 2017 12:54 a.m.

Valley CAPS Plus consumers welcomed Manteca firefighters to their campus to say thanks for the job they do protecting the community.

The disabled students were also given a chance to see what firefighters do during the Manteca Fire Department’s visit to the North Union Road campus. The Thursday visit was in observance of International Foremen Appreciation Day.

One firefighter, Bryant Kimball, suited up complete with his air mask that he dons when entering a burning house filled with smoke.

Corina Guerro offered him a “high five” and asked him to kneel down so she could give him a warm hug for just being who he was that day.  Kimball was anything but boring as he used hand gestures to make a point of the dangers firefighters face when entering a building.  Firefighter Chris Jones then took the stage and explained the uses of other pieces of firefighting equipment that he took from the truck.   

Near the end of the hour long presentation a two-inch line was pulled from the truck and each of the CAPS Plus members got to shoot sprays of water out into the parking lot. 

The CAPS members presented a large heart they had made to their three heroes.  It read:

“We wanted to give you a ‘thumbs up’ for serving our community. Thank You!” signed Valley Caps Plus.

Then there were “Fireman’s Survival Kit” bags made up for the men and the other firefighters back at the station.  The outside of the bag read, HERO, in caps and had a description of what was inside each bag. 

uLifesaver —Because that is what you are!

uPiece of String — For when you get to the end of your rope.

uStar — To remind you that you are a “STAR” in the eyes of children.

uBattery — To help keep you going and going when fighting big fires.

uFireball — To let everyone know how “HOT” you really are. 

uStarburst — For that “BURST” of energy you always need.

uMints — To help you cool down after the fire is out.

uBand-Aid — In case you need some tender, loving care.

uTissue — To wipe away the tears of joy and sadness.

uRubber Band — To help you always be flexible.

uShiny Penny — To bring you good luck.


And, when the fire truck pulled out of the CAPS Plus compound, the group showed their love and appreciation with their smiles and waving arms to their newly made friends.


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