ADELANTO – The lead mechanic from the City of Adelanto is considered a hero by the residents of a home in the 17000 block of Windy Way. Last Tuesday, while Bill Rinker, a worker for the city for 21 years, was driving by the home he noticed a fire. Rinker called 9-1-1 and rushed toward the home immediately taking action using the water hose to extinguish the fire. While hosing the fire, he attempted to determine if anyone was in the home by ringing the doorbell.
“I knew I had to do something because I wasn’t sure how long before the Fire Department would respond,” said Rinker. Two teens, 18-years-old and 14-years-old were in the home but did not immediately answer the door because of directions from their parents.“Once the kids saw the fire and me trying to put it out, they answered the door,” said Rinker.
“I am so grateful for what he did, said Stacy Lira, the renter. “Bill saved our home and the lives of my children by stopping the fire before it spread. I will forever be grateful for him, he is our hero,” said Lira. “He and his wife even paid a follow-up visit a couple hours later just to check on us, said Lira.
The fire, which was near the gas meter of the home, was limited to the outside of the home and only a portion of the fence was destroyed. “I am always impressed when I hear that our employees go above and beyond what’s required of them and I hear examples time and time again,” said City Manager Cindy Herrera in a news release.
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