Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lakeside Firefighters Participate in Opening Ceremonies for BULLS ONLY RODEO

This weekend was the annual Bulls Only Rodeo at the Lakeside Rodeo Arena.  Engine 1 from the Riverview fire station was asked to help kick it off by allowing 11 year old Maggen sing the national anthem on top of the fire engine.  Joining her was retired Gunnery Sargent Nick Popaditch from the United States Marine Corp. GySgt Popaditch had combat tour in Operation Desert Storm, and two combat tours in Iraq as a Tank Commander.  He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon, and many other medals for his honorable and patriotic service.  He was the commander of the tank that toppled the Saddam Hussein statue in Baghdad.   It was an honor for the community to have him there that night and to be able to show their support for his service and achievements.  
The rodeo lasted for 2 days and fun was had by all who came to show their support to the riders and the sport.  The Lakeside Fire Department didn't have to transport anyone to the hospital so we think it was a successful event.

Story By: Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Buzzell, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel Leetch, Lakeside Fire District

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