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Firefighter saves department $20K

Firefighter Will Ray saved the Grass Valley Fire Department $20,000 in vehicle maintenance and repair costs by starting an in-house maintenance and repair program.

“It’s a fairly significant chunk of money,” Fire Chief Jim Marquis said.

So much so that the department recently awarded Ray a formal commendation, which was seconded by the City Council. The award, Marquis said, speaks to Ray’s “dedication, work ethic and desire to have things as good as they can be.”



Ray started with an initial investment of $3,500 in tools. Between training, emergency calls and regular duties, he spent his spare hours underneath the engine blocks of the city’s fire trucks.

He even figured out a mechanical problem on the area’s only ladder truck.




Ray graduated from the Wyoming College of Technology’s two-year diesel mechanic program and has worked for several heavy equipment firms. He joined the fire department in 2002.

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To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail jillb@theunion.com or call 477-4219.


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