Local philanthropist helps Fresno search and rescue volunteers


A three day mission to help with recovery efforts in Paradise, California was quickly brought to a grinding halt. 

A team of search and rescue volunteers were heading to help out in the Camp Fire. 

“All of the team members want to be involved when there’s a large search and rescue mission. This is one of the largest we ever seen,” Volunteer, Susanne Spano said. 

The team decided to take a pit stop in Turlock, about 30 minutes after thieves broke into their car and stole most of their rescue equipment. 

“It’s sort of a terrible sinking feeling not a lot of words for it. Which a lot of people are familiar with that feeling..gosh I’ve been robbed,” she said.

Local philanthropist David McDonald saw this story on the news and decided to step up to the plate. 

McDonald donating $7,000 to help the search and rescue team get back to saving lives. 

“It just seems so despicable that some one would do that. I mean these people are volunteering their time to help out the fire victims,” McDonald said.  

Spano said it will probably take about a week to replace all of the equipment that was stolen but she’s happy that she’ll be back helping out with rescue missions.

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