Tony Clarabut was presented the 2014 Public Safety Commitment Award at the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council’s Red Light Ball Saturday evening. Clarabut, who began his firefighter career at the age of 17, spent 35 years with CDF before retiring in 2005, then he finished out his fire service career with another 5 years as the Fire Chief for the city of Grass Valley. During his tenure in Nevada county, in addition to his local and statewide CDF fire suppression responsibilities, Clarabut served as CDF’s plan reviewer in Nevada County, co-wrote Nevada County’s first fire protection development standards, was instrumental in the formation of the Nevada County Fire Safe Council and chaired the committee that prepared Nevada County’s initial Fire Plan. As a battalion chief Tony also served under contact as the battalion chief for the Higgins Fire District and, for a period, the Ophir Hill Fire District and, as the Unit chief, was responsible for providing dispatch services for all fire agencies in Nevada county.
The award was presented by Sheriff Keith Royal, and former Fire Chief and current supervisor Hank Weston.
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There were some more jokes about who was taller, Clarabut or Sheriff Royal.
The sheriff went on to present the award.
Tony Clarabut thanked the audience and the Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council for their support of law and fire agencies.
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Also, The Nevada County Search and Rescue volunteers made the evening go smoothly by preparing and serving the meal and Sheriff Keith Royal says that added to their already busy day.
This was the 15th annual Red Light Ball and over the years the Nevada County Law Enforcement and fire Protection council has raised around $700,000 to support local police and fire agencies .