Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Disability doesn’t keep firefighter from his dream

By
From page A1 | February 13, 2014 |

VFPD firefighter of year 2_11_14

Vacaville Fire Protection District Firefighter of the Year Todd Lechuga. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

VACAVILLE — Vacaville Fire Protection District Firefighter Todd Lechuga’s hearing disability never stopped him from his dream of being a firefighter.

“It does not matter what your disability is, if you want something bad enough, you can do it,” Lechuga said.

Lechuga last month was named the Vacaville Fire Protection District’s Firefighter of the Year. He will join honorees from Solano County’s other fire departments and fire protection districts at a March ceremony hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Solano County.

“I was kind of shocked. I was not expecting this,” Lechuga said of the honor.

Lechuga was raised in Rodeo and has been involved in firefighting since he was a high school senior when he joined the Crockett Fire Department as an on-call paid firefighter.

“Firefighting had always been a passion for me,” Lechuga said. “(As a youth) I used to watch when they went out on calls.”

Lechuga moved to the Vacaville area in 2001 and signed up to serve as a firefighter with the Vacaville Fire Protection District because he wanted to stay involved with firefighting and helping people, he said.

He knew about the Vacaville Fire Protection District prior to moving here because some of the fire captains he worked for in Crockett had joined the Vallejo Fire Department and worked with the Vacaville firefighters when they deployed up here as part of strike teams to battle wildfires.

Since then, Lechuga has been heavily involved with fire protection district calls ranging from wildfires to medical calls, to working with other firefighters on training.

“He is one of those aggressive firefighters,” Vacaville Fire Protection District Chief Howard Wood said. “He makes every call that he is available for. He is there when you need him.”

Wood said that Lechuga makes a point of pitching in where he is needed and said Lechuga has been an important part of building a new Fire Station 68 near Lake Solano.

Lechuga said the best part of his job is working with the other firefighters and the public, while the most challenging is going out on strike teams to other areas to battle wildfires.

He said he plans to stay with the department and continue helping the residents of the fire protection district, doing what he has always loved since he was young.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.co/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 7 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Blanca BotwinFebruary 13, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Isn't the title supposed to tell us what the story is about? He won't let his disability stop him. He says "“It does not matter what your disability is, if you want something bad enough, you can do it." Yet, NOTHING IS MENTIONED ABOUT HIS DISABILITY! I read the article FOUR times, thinking I missed it. How are you going to tell us if we want something bad enough, you can do it, when we don't even know what you have? I'm sorry, but this article needs to be redone. Did you forget to add the disability in, or??? Seems like a filler article. Nothing to report today? Maybe the title should have been Firefighter earns Firefighter of the year Achievement, because at least that is mentioned in the article. SMDH.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 13, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Blanca, you need to read it a fifth time...it's there.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KFebruary 13, 2014 - 8:12 am

    Morning CD. Well my NOSE must be in the way, cause I just scrolled over it at least THREE times and also do not see it :-). I guess they forgot to teach that part in the writers journalism class, which I also took back in High School ;-)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • S KFebruary 13, 2014 - 8:15 am

    LOL LOL>>>Guess I'm eating too many donuts, just saw it, "Firefighter Todd Lechuga’s hearing disability, " my apologies to the article's writer :-)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 13, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Morning to you S K! Hey, I can't tell you how many times I've missed things like this. All good my friend, enjoy the walk AND the donuts too! :)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JAMES JOHANSURBOURGFebruary 13, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Who cares its not a paid fire department everyone knows that districts employ retards

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • DsteveFebruary 13, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Pretty sad James Johansurbourg, as a career firefighter I am disgusted by your comment. Congrats to Mr Lechuga.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Weather for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
Library friends set spring book sale

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A6

 
 
Carpenters training center set to expand in Fairfield

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

Man, woman, comic and dance contest primed for box office

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
Polk first to file for Fairfield council

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5

Rockville Trails hike on August calendar

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A5

 
Governor signs 2 bills by Frazier into law

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A5

 
Video chair exercise class returns to senior center

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A6

2 Vacaville homes hit by gunfire

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A6, 2 Comments

 
.

US / World

Detroit retirees vote in favor of pension cuts

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments

Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Israeli aircraft hit more than 70 targets in Gaza

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Ex-teacher convicted of pushing wife off cliff

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
Full-contact youth football practices restricted

By The Associated Press | From Page:

BART police enforce stretching ban at stations

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
 
Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 5 Comments

 
California won’t send troops to Mexican border

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

Murder charges filed in California bank robbery

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
Cause of deaths in FedEx truck-bus crash released

By The Associated Press | From Page:

California reduces deportations for minor crimes

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
Official: State can send inmates to medical site

By The Associated Press | From Page:

.

Opinion

 
Walmart donation benefits Meals on Wheels

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

Batson’s column on Mideast peace is wrong

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 5 Comments

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: July 22, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

Love and Manson guest on ‘Sons of Anarchy’

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
‘Fargo’ gets 2nd season on FX with new cast, crime

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Box office top 20: ‘Apes’ holds reign with $36.3M

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
TVGrid July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

.

Sports

Hugo Perez Elite Training Camp to be held in Vallejo

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
Duvall, Kontos help Giants beat Phillies

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Lady Vols coach wants a stronger finishing touch

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Gail Goestenkors quits WNBA job, enters hoops hall

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Chamberlain’s arm and beard fitting in with Tigers

By The Associated Press | From Page:

This date in sports history for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Big 12 commish’s dire warning about pending change

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Big Papi passes Yaz with 453rd career home run

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Chargers bolt into camp with high hopes

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Broncos primed for another super run

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Seattle says what happened last season is history

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Tony Stewart riding high from sprint car victory

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Head of 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics resigns

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
6 South Americans refuse to return to Donetsk club

By The Associated Press | From Page:

BMC, Team-Garmin Sharp back for USA Pro Challenge

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Tour leader Nibali: A ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Jeter turns small part of attention to business

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Raiders enter camp with ‘chip’ on shoulders

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

49ers start fresh after forgettable offseason

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Cain heads to DL with elbow injury

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Business

Microsoft makes design central to its future

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
Allergan to cut 1,500 employees in restructuring

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Zits july 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Bridge July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Beetle Bailey July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Wizard of Id July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C. July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Crossword July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Dilbert July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth July 22

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5