This is a personal email from me.  I’m Dick Ravich, Vice President of the Board of the Coast Property Owners Association.  I’m the one who sends these emails to you and I also live on Pfeiffer Ridge Road. 

Through the courageous efforts of several local Big Sur men and woman, my home was saved (so far) from the conflagration of the Pfeiffer Fire.  While I am thankful for that, my heart is broken for the many friends and neighbors who have lost their homes and all of their possessions.

There are many people who need to be publicly thanked for their selfless and dedicated efforts in both protecting homes and providing services to those affected by the fire and to the community as a whole.

Words are really insufficient to express my personal thanks and I know none of them are looking for praise or reward.  The danger of mentioning names or groups is leaving someone out, so I will be brief and just mention two individuals by name here.

There are many to thank including all of the firefighters from areas beyond Big Sur, but none more important than the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade, our local heroes.  They were the first responders to the fire and have been working tirelessly throughout this campaign.  None more so than Fire Chief Martha Karstens who lost her home to the fire.  Undaunted by this, Martha continues to provide service to the community so that others may not share in that misfortune.

The other, and please do not take this a self-serving, is Butch Kronlund, President of CPOA.  He is nearly single handedly taking on a leadership role in working with the county, many agencies and organizations to begin the support process of helping those who have lost their homes.  Setting aside his own business affairs, Butch’s efforts are putting into action plans for a strong, coordinated post fire recovery.

The Big Sur business community as a whole, including motels, inns and campgrounds and the many restaurants also need to be recognized for their support, as in the past, especially to those who have lost their homes or have been evacuated during this time of disaster and need.  From my personal experience, none more generous than the Glenn Oaks Motel and Roadhouse Restaurant.

This is the time of year for giving and for the Big Sur community, there are individuals who are in need and wouldn’t ask for help.  But, I will.  I hope you will donate in any way through CPOA to help support and rebuild this treasure of beauty, visited and loved by people from all over the world that is Big Sur.  100% of all donations will go to the rebuilding effort and if you choose, to the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade.  You may click HERE to donate.

With all my appreciation, Dick Ravich
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