Having been a member of the U.S. Coast Guard for 32 years, I had the opportunity to work with many extremely dedicated and hard working professionals.
The firefighting professionals that I had the pleasure of working with are an amazing group! When called into action, they drop what they are doing and charge forward into dangerous situations where the challenges are unknown.
The Caldwell extended family is honored to have two firefighters in the fold. Linsay and Nick Pellegrini – married, parents of 2 and ready to jump into dangerous situations when called.
The call came recently when several large fires simultaneously raced through the dry Southern California forests and urban settings. Both Nick and Linsay responded. Nick, who is a Captain, was assigned to the Skirball fire and stayed on-site for 4 days battling to save our precious resources; sleeping whenever possible while still dressed in full gear and oftentimes in the fire response vehicles. Linsay, who is a Fire Investigator, served in the LA operations center where she provided logistical and operational support for all the fires.
I would like to thank both of them for their unselfish service and willingness to respond to the call, knowing that there is a very real potential for being involved in life-threatening situations.
Thank you Linsay and NIck!
Additionally, I don’t want to forget cousin David Hataway. He was an LA and Orange County firefighter for more than 20 years and answered these same calls on many occasions. He has been retired now for many years, but I feel that he deserves the recognition also – Thanks Dave!