Fire Apparatus Engineer Jerry Long has retired from the California Division of Forestry, CDF and the City of Biggs. Long was presented a proclamation last Tuesday during the Biggs City Council meeting my Mayor Roger Frith.

Known as the "nicest man in CDF, (California Division of Forestry)" Jerry Long has retired as the Fire Apparatus Engineer for the City of Biggs. Long began his career as a paid call Firefighter for the City of Gridley's Fire Department in 1986 and was hired as a permanent firefighter/engineer on April 1, 1988. Long became the Fire Apparatus Engineer when the Gridley Fire Department contracted with CDF for fire services in 1991 and since 1989, has served as a Hazardous Materials Specialist for the Butte County Interagency Hazardous Material Team. He also served as a LT Fire Captain at the Stirling City and Butte Meadows Fire Stations. He has served as the City of Biggs Fire Apparatus Engineer since 2001. Long was presented with a Proclamation from the City of Biggs June 11, 2013 by Mayor Roger Frith which stated, "Whereas, Jerry has always been a popular fire officer, thoughtful to the public, his peers, subordinates and superiors; therefore being referred to as "The nicest man in the CDF; "Whereas, Jerry has worked countless hours to keep the citizens of Biggs safe and diligently coordinated many projects, too numerous to mention; and "Whereas, Jerry's calm demeanor and reassuring presence will be greatly missed by the residents and his fellow firefighters of the City of Biggs. "Heartfelt appreciation and gratitude is extended to Jerry for his commitment to service and his exceptional leadership. His efforts have made a significant difference to the City and to those who call the City of Biggs their home."