On Thursday, May 27, Oakland Fire Fighters, Councilmember Dan Kalb, and local residents joined the North Hills Community Association in rededicating a granite bench to the memory of OFD Battalion Chief James M. Riley, Jr. who died saving a fleeing resident during the 1991 Firestorm. His widow, Christine Riley thanked everyone for keeping her husband’s memory alive. The new OFD Fire Chief Reginald Freeman spoke about the need for continued vigilance concerning defensible space and noted that he specifically moved to our neighborhood so he could keep an eye on things first hand. Click here for the KTVU story.
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