A crowd of about 40 people gathered at Cupertino Auto Body in Campbell at 3016 Winchester Boulevard this morning for the deconstruction reception of Rescue 25, Northern California’s first firefighter paramedic vehicle.
The deconstruction reception marks the first phase of the paramedic vehicle’s physical restoration and is the culmination of almost two years of fundraising, including large contributions from Bennett Ponder, manager of in Campbell.
Michael Kotowski, Campbell’s vice mayor along with prominent past and present Santa Clara County Fire Department officials attended the reception today.
"We really wanted this to be a Campbell-oriented project," said Fred Van Hook, a Friends of Rescue 25 organizer and original member of the pioneering paramedic team in Campbell in 1974.
Brother and sister co-owners of Cupertino Auto Body, Russ Cooper and Nancy Yeager and Clint Ralls, owner of Roadsport, a family-owned and operated pre-owned sports, luxury and special interest car business in Campbell, were selected by Friends of Rescue 25 to carry out the restoration of the vehicle.
"This is a great community project," said Yeager, about being a part of the paramedic vehicle's restoration. "We really wanted to be involved."