News Gleams: New Skyway Fire Chief Returns Home, Senior Center Leaning on Community, and Beacon Hill Artist’s Proposals

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Happy Returns for New Skyway Fire Chief

One of King County Fire District 20’s (Skyway Fire) own is returning home to lead the fire department he first started at the age of 19. Eric Hicks, the former Everett Fire Chief, calls his return to Skyway “truly a blessing with emotions running high. The memories I have as a young firefighter in the early 90’s in Skyway were good times. Now I get to help protect the citizens of West Hill once again.”

During his tenure at Everett Fire, Hicks quickly excelled through the ranks of firefighter to become the Fire Chief late last year. “It gave me the chance to grow as leader and recognize that people are the greatest asset in any organization. Take care of the people and they will give back two fold,” he said. Hicks believes having strong community support is paramount to the success of its fire department and the West Hill community has shown this.

Hicks is quick to point out becoming a volunteer is also key to a successful fire department and tells anyone interested in the fire or emergency medical services, “Go for it! No matter where you came from or what people close to you may say, don’t hesitate to follow your dream. Go out and educate yourself; not only formal education but also life experience. The deployment model of a combination fire department gives firefighter candidates the opportunity to achieve their dream of becoming a career firefighter and I want to help them achieve their goal just like many others did for me.”


Southeast Seattle Senior Center Seeking Community Support for Lost Funding

After losing a significant amount of its founding due to budget cuts, The Southeast Senior Center is asking for local support from the community in order to make up the shortfall. The diminished funding has led to a reduction in work hours for the center’s social worker, who directly assisted seniors in navigating program applications, healthcare planning, and other paperwork. Donations can be made at their Go Fund Me Page.


Beacon Hill Arts Seeking Proposals

Beacon Hill arts are inviting artists and arts groups to submit proposals for their collaborative venture. Ideal projects will facilitate conversation and art-making about Beacon Hill’s rapidly changing community; reflecting neighbors’ feelings, hopes, and concerns. Venues for engagement include The Beacon Hill FestivalBlock Party at the Station,  Beacon Arts’ Summer Pear-a-dise event and El Centro de la Raza’s Dia de los Muertos.

Projects will become part of a collection to be presented in various locations on Beacon Hill. Funded by a Dept of Neighborhoods grant, budget for artists’ time and materials will be negotiated. View criteria here.