Dave Wray, who volunteered with Santa Clara Fire District for 50 years, retired from SCFD last week. Former SCFD Chief Skip Smith penned the following statement about Dave:
"After 50 years of service to the community of Santa Clara, Dave Wray has retired as a volunteer for the Santa Clara RFPD. At his last drill on Wednesday he was driven around in 161 and stopped by Chief Stuhr's and Chief Robyler's to announce his retirement.
Dave served under Chiefs Jack Lamb, Skip Smith, and currently Randy Wood. Dave was a firefighter and administrative assistant during this tenure. He was a pit master at the annual chicken BBQ and as the originator and standing Chair of the Garage Sale and Auction committees is responsible for many thousands of dollars that have been added to the funds of the Volunteer Association.
It would be impossible to calculate how mnay gallons of coffee Dave has brewed over the years at the station or how mnay meals he has helped prepare for Fifth Thursdays and various social events.
As his former Chief I acknowledge and appreciate his dedication and loyalty to the community of Santa Clara and the Fire District. He has given selflessly for fifty years and well deserves the respect he has earned.
He is one of the few volunteers to achieve retired status that has now served with every one of us who are now retired.
Well done Dave Wray!"