Seniors get bird’s-eye view

Millie Smith, center, couldn’t stop smiling after her ride up in the sky. She called the fire department’s new ladder truck “fantastic.” El Dorado Hills resident Paul Thompson, right, also enjoy the view from the top. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

You couldn’t stop Millie Smith from being first in line to test out the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s new ladder truck.

She fearlessly strapped on a helmet and harness, climbed the truck’s steps and cheered as the 100-foot ladder extended and climbed over the Moni Gilmore Senior Center.

“It was fantastic,” she said after returning to terra firma.

Nearly a dozen seniors braved the heights. The fire truck’s special appearance Friday afternoon was part of a presentation led by firefighter Ben Cowles, who gave the seniors an update on department activities and shared his experience at the Rim Fire (more on that story coming soon in Village Life).

The department bought the new truck earlier this year. Margie Wowell found it particularly impressive. She has family in the fire service and could’t wait to send a photo to her son.


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  1. THANK YOU EL DORADO HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Seniors. Who says the Senior Center is only for bingo and birthday parties!!

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