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A New Whip for Little Paul

San Marino Firefighters helped purchase a new bicycle for San Marino’s famous “Little Paul” Elieff when his was stolen from City Hall last week. PICTURED ABOVE, left to right, are Firefighter Shawn Stewart, Captain Dominic Petta, Firefighter Richard Fixsen, “Little Paul” Elieff, Firefighter Anthony Alvarado, Firefighter Brian Campbell and Firefighter Jeff Tsay.

There are probably no better local organizations to come to the rescue when something goes wrong, and the San Marino Firefighters Association and Rotary Club of San Marino came through once again last week when someone had the audacity to steal a local icon’s bicycle.

“Little Paul” Elieff was making his rounds at City Hall last week and when he returned to his trusty bicycle.

“Gone!” Elieff said recently, when he relayed his plight to this reporter.

Elieff was aboard his back-up bike when he told the tale of woe to his buddies at the San Marino Fire Department. He was invited to the station for a Saturday morning shopping spree and within hours, Little Paul was rolling on his new Huffy. He also received a high-tech helmet-replete with flashing safety light-and another important accessory: a lock.

San Marino Rotarians were informed of the theft at last Thursday’s luncheon meeting and within minutes, more than $300 was collected and soon delivered to the SMFD to help defray the cost or establish a maintenance fund.

A lifetime resident of San Marino, Elieff can frequently be seen cruising Huntington Drive on his regular route to a recycling center in Arcadia.

San Marino Fire Captain Dominic Petta, “Little Paul” Elieff on his new bicycle, and Firefighter Anthony Alvarado at the SMFD.

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