NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. May 30, 2024 - CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer (NEU) unit held their annual all hands meeting. Chief Brian Estes welcomed current and former unit members and spoke about the storied history of the unit. He concluded with, “Enjoy the experience. Enjoy the friendships that you have and you will make. Enjoy the excitement. Enjoy the things that most people in the world never get to see as part of an agency like CAL FIRE. But I ask you, never take that for granted. And always, always give back to those you have followed and to those who will follow in your footsteps.”

After a presentation by West Point graduate, combat veteran and author Dave Anderson, it was time for the unit awards.

The honorees are:

  • Superior Accomplishment: FAE Angelo Morabito, HFEO Devery Minor, Staff Services Manager Susanne Tennant, FC James Michels, FC Nick Salas
  • Group Superior Accomplishment: Tac EMS Teams and PCFD Technical Rescue Team
  • Partnership: United Auburn Indian Community and Nevada County OES
  • Leadership: BC Kevin McKeown
  • Employee of the Year: Mechanic Sonny Vaughn
  • Firefighter of the Year: FC Chris Africa