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Board of Supervisors honor Lincoln officials

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors honored the city of Lincoln for its quick, effective response to an Aug. 23 propane fire and paid tribute to several individuals for outstanding community service during a special recognition ceremony Tuesday. All honorees received commemorative coins under a program established by the board in 2002 to recognize acts of heroism, longstanding community service or exceptional acts that dramatically improved or impacted residents’ lives. While the commemorative coins typically are awarded to individuals or couples, the board of supervisors awarded one upon city of Lincoln officials for their response when a railroad tank car filled with 29,000 gallons of propane caught fire near the city’s downtown area. About 4,800 homes and businesses had to be evacuated because of the potential for an explosion. Board Chairman Robert M. Weygandt, Lincoln’s representative on the board of supervisors, nominated city officials for the honor. “The important thing here is what did not happen to Lincoln,” Weygandt said, noting that a similar incident in Kingman, Ariz. in 1973 took the lives of 11 firefighters when a railroad car exploded. The 2nd District supervisor credited the Lincoln fire and police departments with a quick, effective response, saying that an explosion could have damaged much of Lincoln’s downtown area. Weygandt also said that other city departments and emergency responders from area agencies assisted with the response. ~ Staff report