Recently Trevor Quirk published a facebook post that is both misleading and unequivocally false. Mayor LaVere proudly walked with us to bring awareness of PTSD in firefighters and veterans. We lose more firefighters to suicide than front-line incidents and we appreciate the Mayor’s support on this very important health issue faced by first responders. We are saddened that Mr. Quirk used our PTSD awareness walk to personally attack Mayor LaVere.
Ventura City Firefighters support Matt LaVere for Ventura County Supervisor ...
The Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association is proud to join you in supporting Matt LaVere for Supervisor!
First, please know I have the utmost respect for Fire fighters.
But I wonder.. did Matt walk with you before or after he agreed to file a lawsuit to sue the citizens of Ventura and Ojai...
Please accept my apologies and thank you for bringing awareness to PTSD. My neighbors and I, just like you, fought the fire. The winds keep us up at night. During the winds, I walk around my house in Upper Ojai late at night looking for orange glows out the window. Pulse Point notifications make our stomachs drop and hearts race. We formed a Survivor’s circle of neighbors to help. But, the images, smells, and sounds are seared in our minds and may never go away. We know how serious PTSD is. I wrote about it on the second anniversary of the Thomas Fire. The link is below. Again, please accept my apologies and thank you for bringing awareness to this very real, important issue. and m.facebook.com/story/graphql_permalink/?graphql_id=UzpfSTc0MTgyOTc1NDpWSzoyOTY5NDkzNTE2NDE3Njk4
Matt has always been a strong supporter of public safety. Thanks for setting the record straight.
Thank you VFD!
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Timeline PhotosIt is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Captain John Van Mannekes this morning just after 4:30am. John joined the department in May, 1996, and retired in July, 2017, to continue his hard fought battle with ALS. Please keep Rebecca, Jonathan, and Jamison in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. John was a dedicated father, husband, and Firefighter who held a deep passion for the Fire Service and a commitment to developing new Firefighters.
Our Fire Family grieves with many today, as John was well known and respected throughout the Fire Service. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Van Mannekes family now and always. Thank you, Captain Van Mannekes, for everything.