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Mike Lilienthal loves to lead

El Dorado Hills Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Mike Lilienthal has always loved firefighting and fire engines. His father was a fire captain in Los Angeles. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Mike Lilienthal knows the exact day he questioned his decision to become a firefighter: Feb. 6, 1997. Just three months after taking a job with the Stockton Fire Department he and fellow firefighters responded to a residential structure fire with an elderly victim trapped inside. Firefighters rushed in and, Lilienthal recalled, “As I was walking […]

Comments Off / January 28, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fire Chief Roberts sworn in

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

ROBERTS TAKES THE OATH — El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director Jim Hartley, right, administers Dave Roberts, left, the Fire Chief’s Oath of Office. The pinning of the badge was subsequently handled by Roberts’ father, retired Army Master Sergeant Dave Roberts Sr., with help from Roberts’ wife Sondra. Later in the ceremony recently promoted Capt. […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dave Roberts named fire chief

THE BOSS CONGRATULATES THE CHIEF - Union Boss” Tom Anselmo, left, president of the El Dorado Hills Professional Firefighters Local 3604, was one of the first to congratulate Dave Roberts, the newly named El Dorado Hills Fire Chief. Anselmo and union Vice President Dave Brady were both involved in the chief candidate assessments. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board named Battalion Chief Dave Roberts, to the top job last week. Roberts was one of two internal candidates for the position. The other, Division Chief Jim O’Camb, has been filling in as interim chief since Jan. 19, 2011, when former Chief Brian Veerkamp formally stepped down. The promotion frees up budgetary […]

Comments Off / May 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Neighborhood Fire Safe Council makes strides

Members of the Lakehills Fire Safe Council stand next to the recently installed sign on Francisco Drive. There is an identical sign on Lakehills Drive. Left to right are: Francis McCarthy, John Hidahl, Jon Vegna, Steve Willis and Peggy Willis. Photo by Julie Samrick

After “an enormous fire drill” in their Lakehills Estates neighborhood more than two years ago, and hearing from experts like El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts that their community is most at fire risk, residents formed the Lakehills Fire Safe Council in 2012. New signs installed earlier this summer mark the entrance to their […]

Comments Off / July 28, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Contract awarded for new fire station

Station 84’s tattered, vacant building will soon disappear as the El Dorado Hills Fire Board recently awarded a nearly $5 million contract to tear down the old station and build a new one on the Francisco Drive property. Contractor SW Allen Construction won the contract with a $4.933 million low bid, nearly $700,000 more expensive […]

Comments Off / July 10, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Bible story very heartwarming

EDITOR: I wanted to comment on the wonderful article Mike Roberts wrote on the return of the Castile family’s 127-year-old presentation Bible. It was fascinating and heartwarming to read the story of it’s journey home. Being in the hobby of genealogy myself, it just made me marvel at the work and dedication that Mr. Thomas did in returning this treasure to […]

Comments Off / May 16, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Gertsch bows out with dignity

Guy Gertsch

At 10:10 pm on election night Guy Gertsch submitted the following concession statement to Village Life. Earlier in the day he’d been spotted on the side of the road, delivering encouragement by way of a bearhug to challenger Terry Crumpley, who defeated him that evening, an irony that wouldn’t bother him in the least. Genuine […]

2 Comments / November 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

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