Lloyd Everett: Defining the fire district for 32 years
The elections this year were pretty much a wild ride, with so much focus on issues at the national level all the way down to little old Truckee. There was so much interest that sometimes little things get missed, so I would ask you to read on and let me share something special to us at the Truckee Fire Protection District. In all the shuffle of elections the fire district welcomes a new board member, Ron Perea. With every new member there is then created a past member – and that’s what I would like to talk about.Lloyd Everett moved to Truckee in the mid-1950s and joined the fire district in 1972. He was elected to replace Sky Miles when Sky and Kate sold Cottage Pines on Donner Lake. If my math is right, Lloyd served around 32 years on the board of your fire district. I know we don’t make much political noise, perhaps it is best described as staying off the ridges. That philosophy is in part that of Director Everett. Just do your job, keep your nose clean and things will work out. I should toss in honesty, integrity, moral clarity, and a willingness to give of yourself expecting nothing in return. I suppose Lloyd learned this as a child growing up during the Depression in Idaho. Perhaps he learned it as a member of an artillery division in World War II in the South Pacific. Wherever he picked it up doesn’t matter because he lives it in his life and makes sure we give our best in the fire department.Thirty-two years is a long time. Lloyd helped hire two fire chiefs and oversaw three. He saw the department transition from a volunteer department to a combination department with full-time staff today. He agreed to allow the fire district to take over a failing ambulance in 1988. He in part authorized the purchases of dozens of fire engines, ambulances and equipment. He has approved the hiring of numerous local folks as firefighters and staff. He has personally seen us construct no less than five fire stations or improve them drastically. He insisted we work with our cooperators by developing a joint facility with California Department of Forestry and working toward a program with the U.S. Forest Service. He has seen buildings burn down throughout the community and watched many more rise to take their place. Lloyd helps oversee the correct dissemination of your money as a long-time member of the finance committee. He holds my feet to the fire on this issue, you can rest assured.When I was hired by this fire department I had the pleasure of meeting Lloyd as one of my bosses. He soon became a person I am honored to call a friend. He has taught me so much about life; how to live it as a man and what is expected of me, without ever lecturing.I immediately introduced my wife and daughters to him so my family could experience first-hand honor, honesty and integrity because those traits, quite frankly, are non-existent or deemed less important today than they were in the past. This is a man who says what he believes, doesn’t change his views to match the situation and stands firm on those beliefs.One day I asked Lloyd exactly what made him get involved in the fire department and stay with it 32 years. He said he really didn’t know at the time but it was probably destiny because of what happened to him when he was a child. When Lloyd was just a small kid the fire bell was ringing in his town and he ran out in the street to see the fire engine. He saw it all right because it ran over him. He obviously survived for greater things and he found it in his commitment to his country and his community. If you happen to see Lloyd having breakfast at Coffee And stop, spend some time talking and shake his hand. He is a good one, he is definitely worth meeting and I guarantee you will enjoy the moment. I know I do every minute I am with the man.Michael S. Terwilliger is the chief of the Truckee Fire Protection District.
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