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Citrus Heights News Briefs: safety fair, poor schools, red-light collisions

Metro Fire crews demonstrate extrication procedures during a safety fair outside Sunrise Mall on Saturday. // Image credit, Metro Fire

Latest local news briefs include a Citrus Heights school making it on the list of lowest-performing schools in the state, firefighter demonstrations at a safety fair outside Sunrise Mall, and a police video of red-light crashes in Citrus Heights going viral online.

Citrus Heights police video of red-light crashes goes viral
More than 200,000 views quickly accumulated on a video of crashes at local intersections that Citrus Heights police posted Wednesday on Facebook. “In the blink of an eye, everything can change,” police said in a post accompanying the video. “Please drive safely. Stop on red and slow on yellow!”

In responses to several of the 200-plus comments on the video, police said the video is a compilation of footage that mostly took place last year. All of the footage was taken at intersections in Citrus Heights.

 

Safety fair held outside Sunrise Mall in conjunction with firefighter fundraiser
Amid temperatures dipping into the mid-40s and frigid wind, a safety fair drew people to the parking lot outside Sunrise Mall on Saturday where demonstrations of firefighters taking apart a mangled vehicle were being held. In another corner of the parking lot, eager children and parents waited in line to ride a vintage red engine around the perimeter of the fair. The event was held in conjunction with a fundraiser to raise money for burn survivors, with firefighters walking through parked traffic at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane gathering donations for Fill the Boot for Burns donation drive. (See more photos from Metro Fire)

Sylvan Middle School listed among lowest performing schools in state
A new list of the lowest-performing five percent of schools in California was released by the California Department of Education last week, among which were 44 schools in Sacramento County — one of which is in Citrus Heights.  According to a report in the Sacramento Bee on Friday, the status of being one of the lowest-performing schools qualifies each school for receiving $160,000 per year from Title I federal aid. (See the list)

More Briefly:

  • Obituary. Michael A. McKenna, a former Citrus Heights fire captain, passed away at age 83. A memorial service will be held in San Jose on Feb. 12. (see obituary)