I WAS BORN IN PARADISE IN 1964. MY FAMILY HAD BEEN ON THE RIDGE SINCE THE 1920S. SO I GUESS YOU COULD SAY I WAS PRETTY INVESTED IN OUR TOWN AND COUNTY. WENT TO SCHOOL AND GRADUATED IN 1982 PARADISE HIGH. WHEN THE FIRE STARTED I LEFT IMMEDIATLY AS I KNEW I WOULD BE GRIDLOCKED. I LEFT VIA SKYWAY NORTH TO STIRLING TO STAY WITH PARENTS UNTIL THE NEXT DAY AS I WAS WORKING WITH THE BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT. I SAW A LOT AFTER THAT WORKING WITH EVERYONE TO SECURE THE DISASTER. SAW A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE AND SOME NOT SO GOOD. I’M JUST BLESSED THAT MY FAMILY CAME OUT OF IT OK. STUFF IS STUFF AND CAN BE REPLACED, BUT LIVES CANNOT. AFTER THE MAIN FIRE SETTLED DOWN, ABOUT ONE MONTH, I BOUGHT PROPERTY IN NEW PLYMOUTH IDAHO. IT REMINDS ME WHAT PARADISE WAS 30 OR MORE YEARS AGO. I ALSO RELOCATED MY PARENTS FROM STIRLING NEAR HERE. I STILL HAVE A CABIN AT PHILBROOK LAKE, BUT AS FAR AS THE REST ITS ALL GHOSTS TO ME. SOMETIMES WE NEED TO CUT OUR LOSSES AND MOVE ON. I WILL NEVER SEE PARADISE AS IT ONCE WAS, BUT HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF GOOD MEMORIES. ITS HARD TOGIVE UP A PLACE YOU WERE BORN IN, BUT HAVE A NEW LIFE HERE,AND NEW ADVENTURES TO BE A PART OF.

Author: David