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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 14
Remembering Alvin Newton
Santa Maria Community Television has videotaped the memorial service for Alvin Newton, a reserve firefighter and police officer for the city of Santa Maria who died fighting a fire in 1970, and is broadcasting the service for the community to view on Santa Maria Community Television airing Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m. through July 8.
The program, which started airing June 10, captures the memorial service, which took place on April 25, 2013, exactly 43 years after Newton was killed. The memorial was held at the southeast corner of Broadway and Main, the former location of the Bradley Hotel, which caught fire on April 25, 1970, and imploded, pulling Newton into the blaze.
Newton, who was a 35-year-old father of three at the time, was known for being at the center of the action in every firefight he engaged in, and as an active reserve member of also the Santa Maria Police Department and the city’s water division.
Speakers at the memorial included Mayor Alice Patino, Santa Maria Fire Department Chief Dan Orr, and Newton’s son Randy Newton, as well as retired and current city firefighters. The Santa Maria Police Department Honor Guard and the Central Coast Pipes and Drums participated in the service as well.
Find more information on the broadcast through Santa Maria Community Television at 925-0951, Ext. 501.