Fire Capt. Bob Mendez Retires


Heber Overgaard Fire Chief Rich Upham (right) presents Capt. Bob Mendez with a commemorative ax during his retirement ceremony at the fire department March 24.

Heber Overgaard Fire Chief Rich Upham (right) presents Capt. Bob Mendez with a commemorative ax during his retirement ceremony at the fire department March 24.

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The warmer daytime temperatures that have been slowly rising lately have put our senses in gear for springtime conditions.

While the nighttime temperatures still are making for the near freezing levels, general “spring cleaning” of yard pine needle cleanup has begun taking action as evidence suggests of the increased traffic to the Renegy “Green Dump” off East Highway 277 in Overgaard. We will be well into the upper 60s this weekend with lows near 40.

Captain Bob Mendez’s retirement ceremony occurred Thursday, March 24 at the Heber Overgaard Fire Station in Overgaard. Capt. Mendez performed 10 years of service to Heber Overgaard Fire District.

Prior to his service to Heber Overgaard, Bob spent 27 1/2 years as a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department and was one of the first paid firefighters in Heber Overgaard. Fire Chief Rich Upham stated, “Bob’s dedicated service to the community will be missed.”

The Navajo County Drug Project is having an event “Partner Up Navajo County Town Hall Event” at the Heber Overgaard Unified School District’s Performing Arts Center, located on 3450 Mustang Avenue. This will be occurring on April 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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