Thousands of civilians and firefighters spent the afternoon at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, remembering their friend and colleague, 23-year-old Eva Schicke.
Eva´s brother, John Schicke, spoke of his sister fondly and with a little humor.
“Growing up, Eva and I … were a typical brother and sister. I picked on her, she cried, I got in trouble. I guess about a year ago, she finally admitted about half of the times she cried, I didn´t do it,” said Schicke Monday.
Fiancee Shea Buhler said Eva was unforgettable: “She was an amazing woman. She was an amazing sister, an amazing daughter. Anyone who has ever met Eva will always remember Eva,” Buhler said.
Nearly 500 fire vehicles came from all over the state to pay respects yesterday, including CDF, the U.S. Forest Service, and local fire agencies too.
Due to the escort and funeral procession, traffic was congested into Angels Camp while mourners filed into the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.
Officials even closed a section of Highway 49, between Angels Camp and the entrance to the fairgrounds, to better accommodate the service.