In September 2018, Paradise native Eric Reinbold took one of the most important oaths of his life:
Swearing in as Chief of Police for the Town of Paradise, Reinbold was prepared to serve the community to the very best of his ability. Fewer than two months later, this oath was called upon in a way nobody could have anticipated.
As the Camp Fire swept through the Ridge, Chief Reinbold and his team worked tirelessly to protect and evacuate the community. Their efforts helped save countless lives that day. Over two years later, Chief Reinbold continues to serve the Town of Paradise with bravery, courage, compassion, and ongoing dedication to rebuilding.
The story of our brave first responders will certainly be one for the history books–but until they’re written, the Town is beyond pleased to share that Chief Reinbold was named the “Humanitarian Philanthropist of the Year” for 2020 by the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region.
This award recognizes individuals who inspire their community through their commitment to philanthropy, service and leadership. “The Red Cross is proud to honor him for his dedication to the Paradise community,” said the organization in a statement earlier this month. The Red Cross proudly presented the award on Wednesday, March 24, at the annual volunteer-led fundraising Gala, held virtually this year.
“Our enduring thanks to Chief Reinbold for his daily hard work and commitment to protecting the Town of Paradise,” said Paradise Town Manager Kevin Phillips. “We’re thrilled to join in congratulating him for this well-deserved award from the American Red Cross.”