Montecito sign thanking first responders stolen
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.
Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/