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    Montecito sign thanking first responders stolen

    August 22, 2018

    MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Someone has stolen a sign erected by a resident to thank emergency personnel who responded to the massive debris flow that devastated the Santa Barbara County community of Montecito in January.

    Kevin Rittner tells KEYT-TV the sign saying “Thank you first responders” went missing from his yard on Tuesday.

    Rittner says first responders saved him and his family, and the sign was a way of giving something back to the rescuers.

    Rittner plans to put up a replacement sign and perhaps not take it down until the first anniversary of the disaster.

    Montecito neighborhoods were ravaged and more than 20 people killed when a Jan. 9 downpour unleashed a debris flow from mountains recently burned bare by the huge Thomas Fire.

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    Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/

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