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Supervisor Frank Mecham receives commendation for bravery 

Supervisor Frank Mecham award

From left: firefighter Doug Harris, firefighter/paramedic Amanda Donovan, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham, firefighter Aaron Finegan, Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon, and  Lt. Kevin Taylor.

Mecham praised for fighting fire and evacuating elderly resident

Paso Robles City Councilman John Hamon presented First District San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham with a special commendation for his heroic efforts at a fire on 15th Street on Aug. 2, 2013.

Mecham was honored for stopping to help at the scene of the fire, attempting to extinguishing the fire and for evacuating an elderly resident from his home. He put the safety of others above his own, said Councilman Hamon.

The presentation was a surprise to Mecham at the Paso Robles Rotary Club meeting at the Paso Robles Inn ballroom today at noon.  The Paso Robles Fire Department joined in by giving Mecham an honorary yellow firefighter’s hat labeled “SUP 1” in large lettering. Mecham came to speak to the club about the falling water basin.

On Aug. 2, Mecham was first on the scene and tried unsuccessfully to extinguish fire as it started in the garage of a tri-plex. The fire appeared to have started under a car in the carport, a witness said. The home’s occupant, an older gentleman, appeared to be OK, the witness said.

Original fire story: Firefighters respond to home in flames

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