Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:36 pm
A tree near the Mokelumne River caught fire around 6 p.m. Monday. The grass around the tree was also set ablaze.
Friday, June 6, 2014 11:25 pm
A field next to the Raley’s parking lot on Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi caught fire at about 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Friday, May 10, 2013 1:11 pm
A small fire broke out at Millswood Middle School on Friday afternoon.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10:09 pm
Four Lodi firefighters have spent the last two days battling the Springs Fire in Ventura County that forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
Saturday, May 4, 2013 10:07 pm
A 10-year-old boy was injured Thursday when he was hit by a car while trying to cross Highway 99 in Lodi near the Turner Road exit.
Friday, November 16, 2012 12:00 am
Joanna and Juan Ruiz are grateful to generous Lodi-area residents who say they want to donate furniture, clothing and cash, after the home the Ruizes rented in southwest Lodi was destroyed by fire.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:56 pm
Joanna and Juan Ruiz were at a family reunion in Lathrop on Saturday night when Juan got a phone call that would change their lives.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:21 pm
Lodi and Woodbridge fire departments responded to a call of a residential fire at 8:16 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 am
Lodi Fire Department officials arrived on the scene of a residential fire on South Central Street at approximately 7:20 p.m. Friday.
According to Lodi Battalion Chief Ron Penix, the fire was started in a bedroom closet on the second floor of the home by a 6-year-old playing with matches.
Saturday, July 14, 2012 12:00 am
At approximately 5 a.m. Friday, the Lodi Fire Department responded to a call that the debris from the recently demolished Cherokee Liquors had caught fire.
Friday, July 6, 2012 12:00 am
The west winds clipped the water, creating small, choppy waves that slapped against Lodi Lake's shore.
Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:00 am
A Lodi woman was pulled from Lodi Lake on Friday morning by city employees after she was discovered floating at the shoreline, unconscious.
La Luna Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill on North Cherokee
Lane caught fire late Saturday night, leaving damage to the
restaurant’s north wall and air conditioning unit. At approximately
11:45 p.m., Lodi firefighters and paramedics responded to the
restaurant after a witness who was driving by said they saw smoke
emitting from the back doors and the side of a wall was up in
flames. An air conditioning unit had caught fire, as well as part
of a wall, resulting in some damage, according to Battalion Chief
Ron Penix of the Lodi Fire Department. No one was injured in the
Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am
Representatives from five Lodi city employee groups accused city
negotiators on Wednesday of bargaining in bad faith by adding what
they termed some "non-economic" items.
Thursday, December 1, 2011 12:00 am
The Delta: In the Sacramento River, sturgeon
fishing is doing great in the Pittsburg, Broad Slough and the Light
1 areas. Baits of choice are eel, salmon roe and shrimp baits.
Lodi Fire Battalion Chief Ron Penix and Fire Capt. Brad Doell
makes their way down the ladder of the aerial apparatus Thursday
afternoon at School and Locusts streets during a training
Friday, November 11, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi firefighters braved any fear of heights Thursday as, one by
one, they climbed up a ladder that can stretch up to 100 feet to
the roof of a building to hone their skills with veritical
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 12:00 am
Sometimes, a firefighter is lucky enough to be told where
exactly he can find someone trapped in a burning building.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:00 am
A shed holding sports equipment at Salas Park Sports Complex
caught fire early Friday evening.
From right: Battalion Chief Ron Penix, Parks Superintendent
Steve Dutra, Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz Kirkley and Human
Resources Manager Dean Gualco took notes during a training exercise
organized by Police Chief Mark Helms and interim Fire Chief Dan
Haverty at the Lodi Fire Station on Elm Avenue on Wednesday, Oct.
About 60 city of Lodi employees discussed what to do if there
was a medium or major flood in Lodi, as part of an emergency
operation center exercise on Wednesday morning at the Lodi Fire
Station on Elm Avenue. From right: Battalion Chief Ron Penix, Parks
Superintendent Steve Dutra, Lodi Electric Utility Director Liz
Kirkley and Human Resources Manager Dean Gualco took notes during
the training exercise organized by Police Chief Mark Helms and
interim Fire Chief Dan Haverty. City staff looked at what would
happen if there was minor street flooding or if the Mokelumne River
put the northern part of the city under water. "It's the most
likely scenario of a large-scale emergency we would have based on
history," city spokesman Jeff Hood said. (Courtesy Photograph)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:00 am
There is no shortage of catastrophes a firefighter can encounter
while on a call.
The remains of a charred Chevrolet sedan rests on the shoulder
of northbound Highway 99 after a vehicle fire Tuesday afternoon in
Lodi. Emergency crews responded to the scene after receiving
reports of a vehicle crash and grass fire, said Capt. Ron Penix of
the Lodi Fire Department. However, emergency crews realized it was
a single-vehicle incident upon reaching the scene, he said. No one
was injured in the incident and the driver of the sedan was not
present at the scene. The fire apparently started when the car
broke down, exited the roadway and an overheating catalytic
converter sparked the dry grass, said Officer Keith Sweeney of the
California Highway Patrol. The vehicle was not stolen, police
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:00 am
Seconds are precious when a life is at risk. To make sure
everyone knows their role in the case of an emergency, Lodi
firefighters and REACH Air Medical Services responders met at
Hutchins Street Square on Tuesday to complete a series of training
exercises that began earlier this month.
As pedestrians stopped briefly to observe the drills and snap
pictures, firefighters talked REACH pilot Craig Korte into an easy
landing on a lawn outside the entertainment center shortly after 11
a.m. Some witnesses plugged their ears as the helicopter’s rotors
pierced the air around it and firefighters got into position.
Friday, April 29, 2011 12:00 am
Firefighters shared stories, traded friendly barbs and fought
back tears at a retirement party for Lodi Fire Chief Kevin Donnelly
on Thursday morning. Coworkers gathered to wish Donnelly luck,
offer a going-away present and thank him for his two decades of
service with the department. A gathering of about 20 firefighters,
administrators and battalion chiefs sat in a circle around Donnelly
for the brief ceremony. Flashing a wide smile, Donnelly joked that
the assembly had something more sinister in store for him than just
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