Like other times when the annoying signal has gone off, interrupting a peaceful rest, Heather Forsythe was initially annoyed. The sound persisted and forced Forsythe out of bed only to be met with the smell of smoke and the realization this was not a false alarm.
The soot in the air was suffocating and the heat was stifling. The flames were coming down from the attic and she knew they would not have long. She and her husband rushed to grab her son and ran out of the house.
They stood on the edge of their large desert property and watched in disbelief as the bold flames danced across the top of their home. The blaze moved and grabbed portions of the house, devouring the wood, drywall and plaster. It continued even after firefighters arrived, fighting against the water until finally being extinguished.
Abigail Vega was not looking forward to summer for one reason: She figured she was going to get the flu.
“When we got out for thanksgiving, I got sick,” Abigail said. “When we got out for Easter, I got sick. Every time we get out of school, I get sick. So, I know I am going to get sick this summer.”
The 10-year-old did not miss a day of school during the 2016-2017 Grand Terrace Elementary school year. She simply waited for vacation to get a fever or a bad cold. Her 100% attendance granted her a trip to the zoo at the end of the school year. The trip was a re-ward from SEBA for the student’s commitment to education.
If it has two wheels and a motor, these guys are in.
A group of deputies, most of whom ride motorcycles as part of the Rancho Cucamonga Traffic Division, compete in a motocross series specifically for first responders. Their work bikes are cool enough but their weekend bikes are their pride and joy. They are lighter, brighter and more fun to ride. There is nobody to pull over; just plenty of racers to pull out in front of.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Cpl. Mark Addy, Dep. Alex Zapata, Dep. Nick Seybert, Dep. Jose Carrillo and Sgt. Kevin Arlotti, are part of a large group of deputies who get together on a regular basis and ride dirt bikes. Some in the larger group simply ride for fun but these five have a dedicated schedule to practice and train for a competitive motocross series.