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August 19, 2018

Board of Directors

Armondo Gutierrez - President

James Witt - Vice President

Nick Hoover - Secretary

Eric Lokkart - Treasurer

Alec Flatos - Sergeant at Arms

Dusty Renner - Director

Matt Jeckell - Director

Billy Nason - Director

Mike Harris - Director

Captain Pete Dern
Posted On: Apr 01, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

As many of you know Fire Captain Pete Dern was critically injured while battling a fire in Fresno California.  Captain Dern was leading his crew across the roof to provide ventilation for interior crews.  The roof gave way and he fell throught the roof and into the fire.  Firefighters on scene were able to rescue him within minutes, but he suffered second and third degree burns over 65% of his body.  He is still in critical condition and has a long road to recovery.

As Union President I reached out Local Fresno President Pete Flores.  I reminded him that we are here for him and his department and will support their need in any way possible.  I understand that Captain Dern has a daughter attending Cal-Poly.  Local 3523 has also made a monetary donation to an account that has been set up for Captain Dern and his family.

Update: Pete Dern did well over night and remains intubated.  He is breathing with the assistance of a ventilator but his lung status is stable.  He was able to recognize several members of his family when they saw him this morning.  His pain is under control with narcotic infusions and he continues to receive medications for sedation.  Pete is awake and responsive to family and friends.  He is scheduled for surgery today, Wednesday April 1 for the removal of burned tissue and placement of temporary skin to cover the burn wounds.

Steven R. Gonzalez


IAFF L3523

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