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Wording for CPR class

​The final CPR class of the season will be held Saturday, April 6th.

Classes are held from 11am - 3pm at the Rio Verde Community Center.  To sign up for a class please call Jennifer at 480-471-2304 or click the button below.

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Upcoming CPR classes

Thank you for your interest in our CPR / AED training. 

 

Monthly classes will resume in October.

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Jerry Fickes
Board Clerk

 

The Fickes’ first visited Rio Verde in the early eighties.  Captivated by the area they, joined the club in 1990 and purchased their current home site.  They built their home in 1998 and moved here.  Both enjoyed golf.  In the past few years they have been a host captain for the college girls tournament each March.  Donna was a regular in the craft show and lately has kept the Rio Verde Red Hats busy as the Queen. Jerry schedules his Friday golf group and organizers its annual tournament.

 

In 2000, Jerry asked by the late Commissioner Marvin Glink to run for the Rio Verde Fire Board.  In 2004 and 2008 he was re-elected.  Active in the separation from Rural Metro, he aided in the ISO changes, lowering the fire insurance premiums for most of the residents of the Verde’s, arranged the insurance to protect the assets of the Fire District and structured the insurance benefits for the firefighters.  Jerry worked on long range planning to control costs an eliminate peaks and dips in taxation.  He wants the Verde’s residents to feel secure from hazards with the comfort and understanding emergency medical care from a group of firefighter, that are as proud to serve the Verde’s as we are to have them.


Jerry received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Actuarial Science from Drake University.  He also graduated from the American Management Association in executive management and advanced business administration.  He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and completed a fellowship, with distinction , specializing in Financial Management with the Life Office Management Association.

After 39 years in the insurance industry, from the file room to executive suite, Jerry took early retirement in 1988.  His duties were to serve the three Life, Health and Annuity Insurance Companies of ERC CORP. as President, CEO, and Director.  The next ten years Jerry became an insurance regulator in New Mexico.  As Chief Actuary, he was responsible for life, health and annuity insurance and the financial solvency of insurers.  He served on legislative task forces and as an advisor to the legislature and various Governors.  Jerry wrote The New Mexico Health Alliance Act.  This Act provided health insurance for small businesses.  Supported by both the insurance industry and the government.  The Act passed in 1994 and Jerry was named Chairman of the Alliance Board.  He retired from the Board in 2000 two years after moving to Rio Verde.

Deputy Chief
Eric Merrill

 

Deputy Chief Merrill has been a career firefighter since 1980. He moved to Arizona in 1977 and worked in the emergency medical field completing his Paramedic training in 1980.He entered the Fire Service with Rural Metro Fire Department and worked throughout the Maricopa County service area including Sun City, Sun City West, Scottsdale and Rio Verde. Deputy Chief Merrill served and was honorably discharged as a sergeant from the United States Marine Corps. Deputy Chief Merrill has served as the Emergency Medical Services manager since the department’s establishment in 2004.

Deputy Chief Merrill is currently a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, The Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and The National Association of EMS Educators. He has achieved a Bachelors Degree in EMS /Hospital Management and holds a National Certification as a Certified Public Manager.

Deputy Chief Merrill and his wife Deana have been married for 32 years and have two grown children.

Rio Verde mourns loss of Deputy Chief

We are mourning the tragic loss of our Deputy Chief, Eric Merrill. Chief Merrill, a military veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, retired just 3 weeks ago.  Eric spent 40 years throughout Maricopa County in the Fire/EMS service, spending his last 15 years with our District.

Eric was driving with his son Steven Merrill in Buckeye at the time of the accident, leaving his son recovering in the hospital. Eric is survived by his wife Deana, his son Steven (also injured in the accident), and daughter Alyssa. Please keep the Merrill family, their loved ones, friends, and fire brothers & sisters in your prayers during this most difficult time.

Services will be held at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria on Monday, June 10th, at 1:00 p.m.  Please click here for directions.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider donating to the family to help cover their financial needs.  You may donate at - https://www.gofundme.com/f/rvfd-eric-merrill-family-fund.

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