Sam (Sammy) Sanchez:
CLASS OF 1976
Beaumont High SchoolClass of 1976
Riverside Community CollegeClass of 2003
Mountain View Junior High SchoolClass of 1972
Sixth Street SchoolClass of 1970
Palm Elementary SchoolClass of 1968
Sam (Sammy)'s Story
Life Hello All !!!After High School I became a Fire Fighter for the California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection,This is my 32nd Year Fighting Fire,My Rank is Fire Captain,I supervise an Inmate Hand Crew.I teach Chainsaw use as well as Tree Topping,Tree Climbing,Tree Felling for the Dept. 2003 was a very busy Fire Season for me. Southern Calif took a pretty big hit with some Major Fires in Oct. I was on most of the Big ones ,The Simi Fire,The Cedar Fire,The Paradise Fire and a few others that were in the Riverside County. May 2004 is already starting to be a busy fire season with burning conditions we usually get in sept and oct. Well it is now 2005 and another Fire Season is about to begin, as predicted it might be the worst yet. This past year I was made the Riverside Co Fire/CDF Fire Unit Chainsaw Coordinator. I have been teaching chainsaw/tree felling non stop since Jan 05. I finally did it in 2002 I got married,a 1990 graduate of Yucaipa High,Yep she was also a FireFighter thats how we met,Ya I got a late start but no regrets. My first child will be born 9/22/04 give or take a few weeks.Yep a first time Dad at 46 Yikes!!!,most of my classmates have grandkids. After moving to Yucaipa for 20 years I moved back to Beaumont. What a change !!! What Growth !! Beaumont is putting Banning to shame. 2006 was a Bad year for fires we lost 5 Fed Firefighters up the hill ...Expand for more
in the twin pines area. I got trapped on Hwy 243 by the same fire. 2007 was another busy fire season. I worked from June 24 to Sept 20, 2007 without a day off, let me tell you about burned out !!! Well it happened my son Jace Roman Sanchez was born on 9/25/04 at 4:21 am, 8 lbs. 8 oz. 2007 was a good season. We made some upgrades to our sand toys. We added a 2008 Yamaha Rhino and a couple of 2008 Yamaha Raptors all 700's with fuel injection no problem in the Dunes with these toys. L8R............SAMMY I Retired from Cal Fire 10/31/2011 after 35 years on the Fireline......... Two knee surgeries later and they still aren't right .....I really don't come here Much ....look me up on Facebook...... Workplace 1976-graduation 1977-Became Fire Fighter 1978-Burned on a Fire 8/23,35% burns fully recovered 1979-promoted to (Lt) Fire Apparatus Engineer 1980-Fire Control Aid 1981-FireFighter CDF 1982-Promoted to (perm)Fire Apparatus Engineer 1987-Promoted to Fire Crew Captain to present 2004-Wildland Fire Chainsaw Coordinator for CDF/Riverside Co Fire. 2005-CDF Fire Statewide Chainsaw Cadre 2006-Instructor CDF Fire Academy/Clark Training Center 2006-Major Fires I was on-Sawtooth Fire 7/06, Day Fire 9/06, Esperanza Fire 10-11/06 5 Firefighters lost their lives in the Twin Pines area S/O Banning they were burnover by the Fire, Saw some EXTREME fire behavior on this Fire
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