December 20, 2011
Gila County officials met to participate in distributing refurbished bikes to needy families. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Charlotte Farr, representing CPS; Mark Essary, Houston-Mesa Fire Dept.; Chief Steve Montgomery, DPS; Jim Rasmussen, Payson Fire Dept.; Sharon Winters, landfill manager; Mary Lou Weatherly, superintendent, Tonto Basin School; Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin (back row) Don Engler, Payson Police Dept.; Shane Johnson, Pine-Strawberry Fire Dept.; Keith Brown and Gary Hohs, Payson Fire Dept.; Todd Bramlet, Payson Police Dept.; and not pictured but also participating in the bike distribution were: Hellsgate, Beaver Valley and Whispering Pines fire departments.
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For the eighth year in a row, the Gila County Recycling and Landfill department has spearheaded a program to refurbish bikes for underprivileged children. Every year, bikes collected from the landfill, or donated by the public and Payson Police Department, find a new lease on life through the refurbishing program. Inmates from the Department of Correction (DOC) offer their talents to rebuild and redecorate the bikes for distribution through DES, Public Safety Departments, American Legion, and local fire departments.