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Reitnouer Gifts Life-Saving Equipment to the SMFD

Winnie Reitnouer (center) holds up a gift of a fire jacket from San Marino Fire Department (SMFD) embroidered “Honorary Chief W. Reitnouer” alongside her daughter-in-law Susan Reitnouer (from left), granddaughter Katherine Reitnouer and son John Reitnouer at the City Council meeting at City Hall, February 13, 2019. Also pictured (left to right) SMFD Engineer Nathan Foth, Division Chief Eric Zantheson, Firefighter/Parademics Jeff Tsay, Shawn Stewart, Richard Fixsen, Dave Tannehill, Captain Dominic Petta and Chief Mario Rueda. Photo by Skye Hannah

In Council chambers on February 13, former San Marino resident Winner Reitnouer presented the San Marino City Council with a donation to cover the San Marino Fire Department (SMFD)’s acquisition of a lifesaving device in honor of her late husband Lynn Reitnouer and the quality of care the SMFD provided him. Also in supportive attendance were Winnie’s son John Reitnouer, his wife Susan Reitnouer and her granddaughter Katherine Reitnouer.

Along with several other civic positions, Lynn Reitnouer served on the San Marino City Council from 1976-1986 and as Mayor from 1980-84.

The donation of $17,665 will be used to purchase a Zoll AutoPulse resuscitation system, a lifesaving piece of equipment that resembles a vest and provides automatic and consistent CPR for those suffering cardiac arrest. The AutoPulse also allows the firefighters who double as paramedics to fight a fire or transport the patient without sacrificing manpower.

“When it came to my attention that there was a piece of equipment that would be very beneficial to the city of San Marino, I called my son and said, “let’s make it possible.’” Winner Reitnouer told the City Council and attendees. “I talked to the chief and it was a good idea, he thought. It’s a piece of equipment that will add to the already excellent equipment that is provided for the citizens of San Marino and wherever else may be called upon.”

Fire Chief Mario Rueda elaborated on the multifaceted importance of the donation from the Reitnouer family.

Winnie Reitnouer presents Mayor Dr. Steven Huang with a check for $17,665 for a Zoll AutoPulse. Photo by Skye Hannah

“This donation is especially appropriate as I am told the former mayor was in office when the fire department really initiated the paramedic program,” said Rueda. “A number of the firefighters responded and developed an affection for the former mayor. This equipment will really ensure that we continue to provide premium service to the residents of San Marino.”

Reflecting on her time in City Hall, Reitnouer smiled as she looked out from the podium to the City Council, family and friends gathered.

“I have many memories of being in these chambers, very happy ones, one challenging ones, I know you’ve faced the same,” said Reitnouer. “But I’m really delighted to be here, among friends and community builders. I’m happy to make this possible. I had my husband more years because of our fire department. Thank you very much, all of you.”

As a final surprise from Rueda on behalf of the SMFD, Reitnouer and her son were presented honorary chief fire jackets with their names embroidered.

“I want to thank the Reitnouer family for this generous donation,” said Mayor Dr. Steven Huang. “As you all know, we have the best fire department in the world so I want to thank all the guys in the fire department. I really appreciate it.”

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