A few months have passed since the wildfires that spread throughout Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley have been extinguished. It has been a topic of conversation between myself and most of my patients. Evacuations were common. But fortunately, everyone I’ve spoken to was able to return home with minimal to no property damage. I heard more scary stories from my patients from Oak Park, Westlake Village and Malibu. I heard of people returning to their homes to find the charred remains of trees and bushes inches from their houses but no damage to the home itself. One patient shared that while evacuated, she was watching the news and a reporter was standing in front of her home with flames visible directly behind the house. She thought her house would burn to the ground. But the firefighters saved her house.
The theme repeated over and over was that our firefighters are amazing! They did an incredible job. The Woolsey and Hill fires burnt over 100,000 acres, yet the damage was minimal.
The fires did not directly affect me. However, they took a toll on me emotionally. I feel indebted to the firefighters for their sacrifice. I’ve wanted to do something for them but wasn’t sure how.
Arnold Schwarzenegger held a Strongman event in Santa Monica to benefit the Ventura Country Fire Department Widows, Orphans and Assistance Fund. I was excited because I admire many of the things Arnold Schwarzenegger has accomplished. All of the money proceeds would benefit the firefighters.
The Strongman event was a lot of fun. Musclebound giants from around the world showing their strength. Schwarzenegger called California firefighters the strongest, toughest and best in the world. I agree!