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A double date package
Firemen stepping up to help kids
The Boys & Girls Club Telethon Nov. 23-24 will feature a bid board item offering a double date with Manteca Fire Department’s two most eligible bachelors – Captain Dave Marques, left, and firefighter John Viss. - photo by HIME ROMERO


• WHAT: Boys & Girls Club Telethon
• WHEN: Monday, Nov, 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 4:30 to 11 p.m.
• WHERE: Clubhouse at 545 W. Alameda carried live on Comcast Channel 97
• MORE INFO: Call the club at 239-KIDS

Dave Marques once graced Oxygen women’s exercise magazine’s firefighter calendar as Mr. December.

John Viss was the cover boy for an edition of Surfing Magazine.

Both have also been on the cover of the Manteca magazine published by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce.

Now Manteca Fire Department’s two most eligible bachelors are going on a double date – to the highest bidder(s) – in a bid to help the Boys & Girls Club of Manteca/Lathrop raise $120,000 needed to keep the doors open during the telethon on Nov. 23-24.

They are among a number of unique live auction items being offered this year ranging from a two-minute shopping spree at Grocery Outlet to a private wine tasting and dinner with San Joaquin County’s first family of winemakers, the Indelicatos.

Both said they are looking forward to helping the club raise the funds needed to provide a safe haven after school for over 1,500 youth.

Marques, 37, is 5-foot-8, weighs 180 pounds, has blue eyes, and brown hair. He has been a part of the Manteca Fire Department for 18 years and now serves as a captain.

His hobbies include mountaineering, soccer, going to the gym, surfing, and riding “any type of motorcycle.”

The Santa Rosa native is a graduate of Rancho Cortate High where he played soccer. He earned his degree at American River College.

His idea of a perfect setting for a date is going to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Marques’ first date ever was in the eighth grade with the setting being a movie. He can’t remember the name of the movie but he definitely remembers the girl’s name – Tiffany.

Marques describes himself as very active, likes to have fun, and easy going. His ideal woman would be confident, physically fit, and intelligent.

Marques in 2005 responded to a request from Oxygen women’s exercise magazine that was searching for firefighters throughout the United States and California to pose for the magazine’s 2006 calendar. From thousands of photos sent in, he was one of 12 selected.

Marques was Mr. December. The calendar shoot involved him crawling out of a window of a burned out building in Compton.

“It’s a real rewarding career,” Marques said of being a firefighter.

Viss, 27, is 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair. He works as a firefighter.

His hobbies include surfing, hiking, and physical fitness.

Viss was raised in Ripon and attended Ripon Christian High where he played soccer. He obtained his degree from Orange Coast College.

His idea of a perfect setting for a first date is going to the ocean.

Viss’ first date ever was to a pizza parlor in Concord. He was in the seventh grade and his parents drove. The name of the pizza parlor and the type of pizza they had eludes him but he definitely remembers his date’s name – Tammy.

Viss says he is very outgoing and describes himself as a “people person.” An ideal woman would be a good conservationist and outgoing.

He likes being a firefighter as “it is something different every day,”

The double date is part of 45 live auction items. You can bid on the items starting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 with the boards closing after 9 p.m. on Nov. 24.

The format has changed slightly this year as those interested in bidding can inspect the live auction while the cameras roll. People are also being invited to come by the club on Nov. 24 after 8:30 p.m. so they can bid live on the auction items. You can still bid over the phone if you prefer.

For more information on the telethon or if you’d like to volunteer to help call 239-KIDS.