Volunteers serve over 1,000 firefighters

Once word of the Chimney Fire spread, many of San Luis Obispo’s citizens jumped to aid the fire firefighters in the county.

Guyla Adams partook in barbeque for the firefighters with other volunteers.

“I gathered about 12 friends and family, we went to work cooking and preparing food and serving dinner to the firefighters,” Adams said.

Steven Sullivan, a caterer at Shave and Flav, was hired by the Rotary Club to feed the firefighters, and Adams said she fell into the volunteer job. “He looked a little overwhelmed and I asked him what he needed help with,”Adams said.

Sullivan was asked by Dave Lundy, chairman of the Rotary Club, to cater the firefighters. He prepared over 600 breakfasts and 1,000 dinners.

“ They needed a mobile kitchen…which I have in my food trailer,” Lundy said.

Adams also agreed to bring a small group down to the Paso Fairgrounds for food preparation. Included were friends Lynn Thibault, Kim Springer, and daughter Blakelee Adams.

“This was really eye-opening,” Adams said. “It is always nice to give back to the community and I wanted to help out the firefighters in their time of need.”

As firefighters returned from battling the fire, Sullivan, the staff, and the Adams family welcomed back the worn-out workers with a smile and a plate. At the end of the day, hundreds of firefighters were prepared a hot meal.

Adams said she most enjoyed “how happy the tired firefighters were to be fed….friends and family coming together in such a big way warmed [her] heart.”

Sullivan shared similar thoughts.

“Serving the firefighters was an amazing experience; one that I will hold near and dear to my heart for the rest of my days.”

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