I cannot tell you how grateful we are for the incredible support and care we received from the first responders and law enforcement folks who worked so hard to end the most significant disaster with which we were all faced (and still face) from the recent wildfires. It's virtually impossible to acknowledge the hundreds of professionals and volunteers who attended our communities' often desperate needs and concerns.

Although we were spared the fire destruction of our home we were, as were many others, evacuated for our personal safety and security. We'd like to particularly acknowledge several of those in law enforcement who made a major effort to allay our anxieties during this unprecedented disaster.

Napa County Deputy Sheriff James Baumgartner, who learned that we were temporarily listed as "missing persons," found us staying with friends in Yountville during the period of our evacuation and who took photos of our home while we were evacuated. California Highway Patrol Officers Mark Keyes and Joel Takeuchi took the time to visit our property during the closures of roads leading to our property to retrieve medicines and vital documents and who, after their working shifts, delivered them to us in Yountville.

We cannot say enough in favor of these individuals. They are true public servants.

It was so comforting to see fire engines, equipment and personnel from many cities in California and other countries working long and arduous hours fighting this conflagration in our counties. And our neighbors, some of whom lost their homes, demonstrated what it means to be a community.

Carl Bunch and Marge Caldwell

Napa

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