Vierra realizes dream in promotion to Los Banos fire captain

By Thaddeus Miller / tmiller@losbanosenterprise.comOctober 5, 2012 

Los Banos Fire Station No. 1 has a new captain for the first time since 2006.

Eddie Vierra was promoted from engineer to captain in a ceremony Monday at the station.

"It's a childhood dream, to be a firefighter," Vierra said. "Once I got older, being a career fire captain was my goal."

Vierra's firefighting career stretches 22 years, half as a volunteer and the rest on the job.

A 1989 Los Banos High School graduate, Vierra was born and raised in Los Banos. His wife, Sarah, pinned the badge and captain's bugles on his shirt and collar . His son, 4-year-old Chance, and parents, Eddie Sr. and Maria, were all in attendance.

Vierra said he's served as an acting captain for a couple of months.

"The idea of actually being a permanent captain is kind of a breathtaker," Vierra said.

Fire Chief Chet Guintini said a number of firefighters were up for the position, which made for a difficult decision.

"I think it worked out well," Guintini said. "Ed will serve us well and do a good job for us."

Guintini said Vierra fills the open captain position left after Ernie Petrocelli retired last month.

The station has three captains. Guintini said a firefighter will be promoted to the now-open engineer position, and eventually the crew will get a new firefighter.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanosenterprise.com.

Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.

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