Newly qualified firefighters


The Arroyo City Volunteer Fire Department has expanded their base of qualified firefighters. At the Edinburg Fire Academy this month four department members received or improved their qualifications. Ryan Peck and Terri Overstreet completed the Level 1 firefighter course. Brian Bellar completed the Level 1 and Level 2 firefighter courses. Turk Johnson completed the vehicle extrication and the Level 2 firefighter courses. Turk & Brian join Chief John Whelan, Assistant Chief Chuck Whelan, Captain Mark Hammond and Lieutenant Diane Sheehy as Level 2 firefighters.

The department now boasts six Level 2 and two Level 1 active firefighters, as well as 3 vehicle extrication experts. Congratulations Turk, Brian, Ryan and Terri.





Opportunity at the Laguna Atascosa NWR

The Laguna Atascosa NWR needs volunteers in all areas of their operation. Contact Karen Ceballos (contact info in the flyer) to offer your services. The Reserve is a gem on our doorstep and deserves our community support – step up to the plate.

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If you want to download and distribute the flyer to your neighbors and friends, here is a PDF version: volunteer flyer   – please feel free to distribute it widely.

Palmas Altas Wind Farm

Living here in Arroyo City, one can’t help but notice all the activity in the area bordered by San Fernando, FM 1847 and FM 2925. Acciona Energy is building a 46 turbine wind farm here, called the Palmas Altas Wind Farm. The office and substation will be on Olmito Road between Taubert and Johnson. Whether you’re a proponent or detractor, wind turbines are here to stay. Acciona have provided a layout map showing the location of the turbines, reproduced here:


Structure fire in Arroyo City

In the early hours of the morning today, the ACVFD was dispatched by 911 to a fire in Arroyo City. The fire started at around 4 am at Jerry Cochrane’s compound southeast of his bait shop. Sparking at the electrical panel on his pole barn ignited the structure. Jerry’s wife noticed the flames around 4:50 am, woke Jerry who called 911. The fire department responded and was on the scene by 5 am with a pumper truck. By this time the barn was already beyond saving and the firefighters doused the flames and cleared the brush and grass in the surrounding area to prevent the fire spreading. The tanker truck was dispatched to refill the pumper. For additional water, mutual aid was requested from Rio Hondo who dispatched a pumper and brush truck that arrived at 5:30 to assist in containment. Thank you Chief Bill Bilokury and your firefighters for your help. An ACVFD brush truck was brought in provide a backup in case the surrounding trees caught fire. Fortunately there was no wind, and the fire was contained. By 7:30am the danger was past. No injuries were sustained, and the loss was restricted to the pole barn and the few contents – fortunately the barn was almost empty with no occupants at the time.

Arroyo City News thanks Chief John Whelan, Asst. Chief Chuck Whelan, Capt. Mark Hammond, Lt. Diane Sheehy and FF Turk Johnson for their prompt response and dedication to their community. May God bless them and the Department in their selfless work.

New brush truck for the ACVFD


On last Tuesday evening the Rio Hondo city council passed a motion to transfer the title of their old brush truck to the Arroyo City Fire Department and presented the title to Chief John Whelan. Chief Billokury of the Rio Hondo Fire Department handed the keys over after the council meeting. Chief J Whelan, Assistant Chief Chuck Whelan, Captain Mark Hammond, Lieutenant Diane Sheehy, PIO Yvonne Peck and Firefighter/EMR Terri Overstreet were on hand for the occasion. The ACVFD is grateful for the donation and thanks the city of Rio Hondo for their generosity.

This acquisition gives the department another tool to protect the community. Firefighters will be trained on the new equipment this month and the truck will be put into active service within two weeks. Work continues on a second brush truck with a projected completion by month’s end.

Sunday School at Church on the Arroyo!


Preach always if necessary use words.  … St. Francis of Assisi

Last week I heard this quote for the first time and thought I’d share it. It was from a member of the church who spreads the word of God through distributing Bibles. We have 2 men in our parish who give them out. Our Sunday school teacher gives them to students he teaches during the week, the other generous man through an organization who distributes Gideon’s Bibles worldwide. What better way to spread the Gospel than to give it? If you would like to make a donation to either of these men please send a check to:  1st Baptist Church of Arroyo City at P.O. Box 1288, Rio Hondo, TX. 78583. Your prayers are appreciated too!