California Fire Department Barbecue for Sareena Roll Tremendous Success

California Fire Department Fire Chief Allen Smith, right, with firefighter Bill Roll, whose daughter Sareena, sick with pnuemonia in both lungs, the barbecue benefit was held for.

California Fire Department Fire Chief Allen Smith, right, with firefighter Bill Roll, whose daughter Sareena, sick with pnuemonia in both lungs, the barbecue benefit was held for. Photo by John Inman.

California Fire Department Fire Chief Allen Smith put it perfectly when he said, "this is what firefighters do, we are here to help the community." When the firefighters found out one of their firefighters, Bill Roll's daughter Sareena was gravely ill, they felt a burden to do what they could to help out.

"Sareena became very, very sick and is currently at a hospital in Michigan," Smith said. "A lot of expenses will be incurred for the family with everything involved so us guys got together and decided we needed to do some type of fundraiser to help them out. We know the girl very well. She spends a lot of time at the fire station. We decided we do barbecue very well and have always had good turnouts for our barbecues. We had an original idea of how much product to sell but the community has been overwhelming with their response to it."

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Firefighters and volunteers help prepare the ribs by slathering sauce on them before wrapping them in tin foil.

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Bryan Wolford, hands Gayle Balke her barbecue order at the impromptu drive-thru made for all the orders of ribs and chickens at the Sareena Roll Benefit Barbecue held at the California Fire Station Saturday, Feb. 26.

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Brad Stuedle, left, and Brad Friedmeyer cook chickens at the Sareena Roll Benefit Barbecue held at the California Fire Station Saturday, Feb. 26.

For more of this story check out the March 2 issue of the California Democrat.

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