LAS VEGAS – The devastating Camp Fire in Northern California destroyed more than 10,000 homes, including some belonging to first responders.
While they worked tirelessly to evacuate, rescue and recover victims, their own homes burned to the ground.
The Nevada Highway Patrol and other local agencies have stepped up to help their fellow first responders in need.
Items to help first responders in Northern California who lost everything during the deadly Camp Fire this month were being loaded into a truck.
“They were all working and evacuating and rescuing, saving the people of their community and while they were doing that, they could not do anything to protect their homes, they couldn’t save anything from their homes,” said NHP Sgt. Kathleen Vonk.
That devastation moved Sgt. Vonk with NHP to try and help.
Her efforts led to other agencies in the valley along with NHP substations around the state to contribute items which included everything from uniforms and equipment to animal supplies for their families.
“Some of the things are for children,” Sgt. Vonk said. “A lot of people brought wrapped Christmas gifts, little fake Christmas trees with ornaments to make the holidays a little bit easier.”
“Our law enforcement community here is pretty tight. We like to help out where we can,” said Katrina Rothmeyer, public information officer, Henderson Police Department.
There was an overflow of donations.
“Fantastic problem to have,” said Travis Smaka, NHP public information officer. “Turns out we needed a lot more space so we had to open up one of our garage bays.”
This is the first stop of many. The RV and truck plan to visit other NHP area commands throughout the state to pick up supplies before the final drop off in Northern California.
“We’re going to meet with RV’s of Sacramento because we facilitated the delivery of 10 RVs and $500 gift cards to all 27 CHP officers, troopers , dispatchers, personnel who lost their home,” said Smaka said.
Offering support to help their counterparts rebuild their lives.
The truck and RV plan to deliver the items Saturday afternoon in Chico, California.