Captain Will Betchart

(on the left)



    This past year, Captain Will (Bill) Betchart lost his long and valiant battle with cancer. Bill joined SCVFD shortly after moving to Montebello almost 30 years ago and became one of our most loyal, invaluable, and dedicated members of the SCVFD. Unless he was out of town, he never missed an emergency call or training session. Bill brought to our team an indomitable spirit, measured temperament, sense of humor, and highly professional attitude. One of his lasting legacies was his ability to write grants, which generated funds to provide our firefighters with vital personal protection equipment (PPE), emergency vehicles, training, and recruitment. Bill helped to train many volunteers who were hired into paid firefighter positions. Will Betchart will live on in the memories of all those with whom he worked and trained, and those whom he helped save in an emergency situation. Always humble, Captain Betchart had earned his title—and respect of his peers—but refused the accolades. He served our community with honor and distinction, and we miss him greatly.