City Council honors local Holy fire heroes


Photo by Donna Ritchie

The Canyon Lake City Council honored Riverside County first responders, Captain Jeff Roberts, Animal Friends of the Valleys, Hell’s Kitchen Motorsports Bar & Grill and resident Adam McNaughton during the Oct. 3 Regular Session City Council Meeting.

The honorees also were acknowledged with certificates presented by representatives from the offices of Congressman Ken Calvert, Senator Jeff Stone, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez and Riverside Country First District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries.

Riverside County first responders were honored for their efforts during the Holy fire and for their commitment to the community.

The city honored Canyon Lake resident Captain Jeff Roberts, who recently left Fire Station 94 to accept a new position within the department, for his service and dedication to Canyon Lake and its citizens.

Animal Friends of the Valleys was honored for their extraordinary efforts to help the pets in need during the Holy fire. The shelter cared for more than 130 evacuated pets along with the shelter pets already in care and still managed to complete more than 80 adoptions.

Hell’s Kitchen Motorsports Bar & Grill, owned by Canyon Lake resident Frank Opp and his son Trevor, was honored for keeping its doors open against orders to evacuate to offer refuge and free meals to first responders battling the Holy fire.

When Hell’s Kitchen put out a call for help in collecting food donations, Canyon Lake resident Adam McNaughton answered the call, organizing a food drive within the Canyon Lake community. Adam also collected monetary donations for the restaurant’s cause.