North Tahoe Fire and Northstar Fire Help Tahoe City’s flag fly for Veterans Day
November 10, 2010
TAHOE CITY, Calif. – True to the character of Tahoe’s community and people, a volunteer effort lead to the repair of Tahoe City’s flag pole just in time for Veteran’s Day. On Oct. 24 a blustery storm blew through Tahoe and destroyed the flagpole rope which held Tahoe City’s U.S. and California flags. Originally constructed as a project of the Tahoe City Rotary Club, the flag pole was erected as a volunteer effort in 2002. Tahoe city Public Utility District has maintained it since.
The repair to the top of the 60′ flag pole would mean a renting a lift and possibly $2,000 of local funds. With Veterans Day quickly approaching Bob Bolton, Director of Parks and Recreation for TCPUD contacted Chief Duane Whitelaw to ask for help. “North Tahoe Fire Protection District doesn’t have a ladder truck, but I contacted Chief Mark Shadowens at Northstar and they were willing to assist.”
With North Tahoe and Northstar Fire on-site, the ladder truck arrived and the repairs were made. Another local volunteer, electrician Ed Beauchamp, volunteered to assist with replacing the light fixture on top of the pole. “It was incredible to have everyone volunteer and help so quickly so that the flag was back in place for Veterans Day,” Bolton commented.
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