About 30 people came together Tuesday, July 7, to celebrate a decade of Mark Miller’s leadership as chief of the Cambria Fire Department.
The ceremony, which was part of a special meeting of the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors, included a proclamation and a cake.
The crowd included district directors and staff, along with members of the Community Emergency Response Team, North Coast Ocean Rescue Team, Cambria Forest Committee, some of Miller’s coworkers at the Fire Department and citizens who wanted to praise the retiring fire chief.
District Director Amanda Rice said Miller is a man who “wrapped his arms around this whole community. It’s hard to be fire chief in this kind of town.”
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She said he helped people “get better prepared” for a potentially devastating fire “without scaring the pants off everybody.”
Director Mike Thompson told Miller, “You helped me make my business a safer place … in a positive, proactive manner.”
Laura Schwartz called him “a good man with the best interest of this community at heart.”
Miller, whose last shift is to be July 17, called his decision to come to Cambria from Colorado 10 years ago “the best decision of my life. … It’s been my privilege and honor to serve this wonderful community, this board and my fire department,” along with NCOR, CERT and the “extremely talented crew,” all of whom “made me look good.”
“I have nothing but pride and admiration for my group. This is a wonderful community. … They came to bat for me when things got tough, and they support the Fire Department at every turn.”
Miller said he and wife Michele expect to split their time between Colorado and California, with frequent visits to Cambria.