As my tenure with the Pipes and Drums of the California Professional Firefighters is now complete, I just wanted to take a moment and personally thank you for your leadership and support of the band over the years.

The chance to be part of such a cherished and honorable organization is something that each member relishes, and takes great pride in. The band is known throughout the fire service both in California and around the nation as one of high competence and great integrity. Your continued leadership and support allows the band to continue in that tradition.

In addition, I would like to thank you for your personal support of me, both as a band member in general, and throughout my tenure as pipe major. I always felt at ease discussing band issues and band accomplishments with you. I enjoyed your easy-going tone with me and appreciated your directness when necessary. I will always be grateful for your support.

And thank you so very much for the sculpture and the resolution. They both mean more to me than you can know. You caught me off guard with the presentation of the sculpture in front of the entire massed bands and honor guards, I never saw it coming. Thank you.

Finally, and very important, a huge thank you to CPF and the Fire Foundation staff for all they do for the band, and their support and help to me over the years. They are wonderful people.

I was so touched by all of the love, support and friendship that I received on the weekend of the Memorial, not only by the CPF and Fire Foundation, but by all the band members and honor guard members from all the departments participating, that I knew that what I had been a part of was special.

Best of luck to you and the organization going forward,

Patrick Teffs

Mr. Paulson, 

Thank you for joining us at the Fill-the-Boot boot camp in Orange County last week

Your introductory remarks to all of us, CPF members, MDA staff and MD families, spoke to the unwavering support of all of the CPF brothers and sisters – all 30,000!

Visiting the boot camp as a family that is directly supported by the work of CPF, thank you and your membership for your continued support.


Steven, Jennifer and Ben Page

Dear President Paulson,

On behalf of the Kern County Fire Department, I would like to thank the members of California Professional Firefighters for honoring Mike Heffner and his family by participating in his memorial service and providing a display of your department’s apparatus. The presence of CPF bagpiper, Ralph Bates was also very much appreciated.

Your presence was deeply appreciated by the Heffner family and helped to ease the sorrow during this difficult time.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance in the future.


Brian S. Marshall

Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Services