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Centralia’s Firefighter Santas brave the rain Christmas morning

Posted on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 6:22 pm

It was another Centralia Christmas morning. Warmer than many and wetter than many.

After a busy Thursday night where at least 50 firefighters and their friends packed 1,450 Christmas goody-bags with fruit and candy,

Christmas morning nearly a dozen department members showed up by sun-up for a breakfast of biscuits and gravy before packing the trucks and, for a special five, suiting up in Santa Claus gear.

By 8:15 a.m., the sirens  wailed and Santa headed out into the Christmas morning.

A little more than two hours later, they were done.

“It was a pretty good morning,” Centralia Fire Chief Denny Rusch said as he and his wife Lisa monitored the trucks over the radio, occasionally dispatching other volunteers to replenish fire trucks when  demand for Santa and his goody bags was higher than expected.

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard