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GV council honors hometown heroes

Four hometown heroes were recognized by City Council for acts of bravery in the face of fire and medical crisis.

Grass Valley City Council on Tuesday gave recognition of meritorious actions to California Highway Patrol Officer Rod Rocha, resident Antonio Torres, Nevada County Consolidated Fire Captain Kevin Menet, and resident Meghan Sullivan.

“We’re here to recognize four members of the community. In each case, a combination of quick thinking and being personally prepared allowed them to make a difference,” said Grass Valley Fire Chief Tony Clarabut.



Torres heard an alarm next door and used two fire extinguishers to put out the flames before fire trucks arrived last February, Clarabut said.

“He basically put the fire out; had he not done that, there would have been significantly more damage,” he added.




Menet and Sullivan were at the park when a man collapsed with a heart attack, and their efforts with CPR kept the man alive, Clarabut said.

“Meghan (Sullivan) on her own got CPR lessons,” Clarabut said. “Every minute counts after cardiac arrest.”

Last spring, Rocha heard a call over his scanner about a fire and was first on scene. He pulled an elderly couple out of the fire and kept it contained until engines arrived, Clarabut said.

In other business, the City Council members voted 4-0 (Jan Arbuckle was absent) to adopt a resolution amending zoning in the area around the East Main Street and Idaho-Maryland Road roundabout, reverting it back to pre-2007 zoning with the hopes it would be more conducive to business. They included a few amendments to the proposal to come back for second reading at a future council meeting.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail ghoward@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4237.


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