Marysville, CA (November 8, 2018) – In the early morning hours of November 8, 2018, Marysville Police Department (MPD) responded to a mutual aid request from Butte County Sheriff’s Department for the “Campfire” Fire. Both yesterday and today, MPD immediately deployed four two-person teams to assist with evacuations and life safety support. They spent 12 hours driving from town to town, street to street, assisting with evacuations and security patrols. All total, there have been eight officers per day, including both permanent and reserves.
MPD Reserve Sgt. Robert Hess was on the first deployment last night and returned early this morning for his second deployment with his partner, Reserve Captain Dave Baker. By day, Reserve Sgt. Hess is also the Senior Director of Loss Prevention and Safety for SaveMart. On weekends and during special events, he works as a Reserve Sergeant with the MPD. Yesterday, Hess arrived in Paradise to find the SaveMart store he oversees, still standing in the midst of raging fire all around. Hess contacted SaveMart management and, working together, they collected and donated essential perishable goods from the store to emergency personnel fighting the fire and to evacuees in the area. Today, with the support of Savemart management, Reserve Sgt. Hess and Reserve Captain Baker escorted trucks to the same store and finished loading up the truck with the remaining perishable food and goods to distribute to those in the greatest need of emergency support and to first responders.
When asked to respond, Chief of Police Sachs had this to say: “I am honored to have such great men and women working for the Marysville Police Department and serving our community and the region.” The Police Department will continue to help provide mutual assistance as needed to our neighboring agencies and communities during this tragic and devastating event.