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13th Annual Red Light Ball Raises $25K for Law Enforcement Fire Protection

A crowd of over 500 people turned out to support the Nevada county Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council’s 13th annual Red Light Ball Saturday evening at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This year the council recognized three honorees wit Public Safety Commitment awards.

Two local men who volunteer for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office were honored for saving a woman’s life, on November 28th, 2011.The Council honored Michael Fanucchi and Bud Miller for saving the life of an accident victim. The two men came upon a car that hit a tree on Highway 49 near Lime Kiln Road. The woman driving the car was unconscious and the car was catching fire. Mister Fanucchi describes what they did.

“When we came upon the car, it was already on fire and I opened the door to check on her and the minute I opened the door, the fire went instantly into the passenger compartment and I know not to touch anyone that’s that seriously injured. She was completely out.”

Miller said they did not do anything different than any other person in the area would have done. He said the greatest joy was to hear from the woman several weeks ago.

“She called us a few weeks ago and we’re pleasantly surprised to see her this evening. She’s doing well and healed most of her injuries.”

The Law enforcement and Protection council also honored Monty East a council board member for his strong community support.

“I just like to be involved in the community. I’ve met so many nice people here. It’s so good. There’s so much need here in the community that it’s really fun to be involved.”

The Red Light Ball raised about $25 thousand dollars which will go towards purchasing much needed police and fire equipment.  The Guns and Hoses Golf Tournament is another annual fundraiser for the council.  Since 2001, the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection council through its fundraising efforts has contributed well over $450,000 to various agencies and schools in the community.

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