A pinning ceremony was conducted Saturday at the Golf Club at Lake Arrowhead for the local volunteer fire department’s new Chief Rebecca Strobl, who became the first female fire chief in Cherokee County.
Strobl, the new head of the Lake Arrowhead Volunteer Fire Department, began volunteering for the fire department about six years ago.
The event began with the presentation of colors by Cherokee County Fire Explorers Post number 469, followed by the singing of the national anthem.
Cherokee County Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Robinson spoke and Cherokee County Fire Chief Tim Prather, and Strobl’s husband, Garrett, pinned the new chief insignias on the chief’s collar.
Prather said that he was proud of Strobl’s accomplishment and that it was great to be able to be a part of this ceremony to see the first female chief in the county.
After the pinning ceremony, 11th District U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey spoke to attendees.
Following Gingrey’s remarks, former Cherokee County fire chief and the District 2 commissioner for Cherokee County, Raymond Gunnin, made a few remarks.
The event was attended by numerous firefighters, CERT members and residents of the Lake Arrowhead Community.