By Marg Jackson, Escalon Times , June 15, 2006

A swearing in and badge pinning ceremony was conducted Friday afternoon, June 16, 2006 for new Escalon Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief Rick Mello, with invited guests coming from several neighboring departments and communities. In left photo, Mello, at center, is all smiles after receiving a gold-plated fire extinguisher as a gift from firefighters, from left, Moe Silva, assistant chief Terry Pinheiro, Captain Randy Reid and Matt Herrero. Right photo, Mello smiles after his grandmother, Marion "Jeff"  Gonzalez, officially pinned-on his new badge. A former volunteer for Escalon, Mello said coming aboard as chief is a dream come true, able to come back to his hometown, to serve.

(Courtesy of the Escalon Times)

Chief Rick Mello Sworn In