A big shout out to the two Del Norte EMS Explorers who on July 15 successfully completed the Redwood Coast Explorer Leadership Academy (RCELA).

I must admit, however, I was saddened and disheartened to learn that not one member of the Del Norte Ambulance managerial or as they are sometimes referred to, command staff, was able to attend the one hour long ceremony. I certainly thought that a good old fashioned round of applause or perhaps even a firm handshake was in order during this celebratory event. (Forgive me Command One if I overstepped my bounds with the handshake portion, if that’s the case I suppose the round of applause would suffice.)

The good Lord knows you two kids went through a lot to be able to proudly walk that aisle and accept those certificates. The RCELA is tough but you have both proven to be tougher.

Great job you two.

Shawn Fernandes

Crescent City