Firefighter Capt. Williams making a difference
Optimist Club Award
Post Date:06/27/2014 4:58 PM
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BARSTOW — Jamie Williams enjoys making a difference in the community she grew up in.
That is why the Barstow Fire Protection District captain works in the firefighting profession. The Barstow Optimist Club recently honored Williams during its Respect for Law program.
“Honestly, we get to make a difference,” Williams said. “Whether it’s meeting people at parades, school events or in a time of need when they call 911. And hopefully we bring the tools and knowledge they need to make a difference.”
Williams learned early on in her 16-year career that sometimes making a difference involves four-legged creatures as well. While working as a firefighter at Fort Irwin, she was involved in the rescue of a bobcat. And while working as paid-call firefighter in Hinkley, she helped save a bear cub. And it’s all documented.
“I actually got to rescue a bobcat on top of power pole,” Williams explained. “It’s a very uncommon thing to do. A once-in-lifetime thing to do. ... We got the bobcat down with the tip of a ladder truck out at Fort Irwin. It’s one of hose stories we did get it on video. Without the video, nobody would believe it. It worked. The bobcat jumped off and went off his happy merry way. It was a success.”
The bear rescue also was a success story for Williams.
“Had a call of a bear out in Hinkley on a power pole at Community and Hinkley Road. They attributed it to somebody must have taken a bear cub from the local mountains. Animal control came out. We kept everybody out of the area. They tranquilized it and took it back to the mountains.
“Nobody believes there could be a bear in Hinkley. But I have the newspaper article (Desert Dispatch) to prove it.”
Williams stresses firefighters are jack of all trades.
“When nobody knows what to do, they call their neighborly firefighters,” she said.
While she loves her profession, she said “never in my wildest dreams” did she think while growing up in Barstow she would end up being a firefighter.
“I’m the first in my family in fire service. It’s not like I’m following family tradition. It’s just, I know in my heart, it’s God’s calling for me and he led me to this place. It’s just been unbelievable journey and I’m so proud I get to do it.”
Mike Lamb can be reached at 760-256-4127 or mlamb@desert dispatch.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @mlambdispatch.- See more at: Capt. Williams