"I climbed with Bill in my heart, little Bill by my side, my favorite DMB song serenading our team, sporting some Padres flare, alongside members of Bill’s former fire house and colleagues from CDCR = some of Bill’s life passions."
- Donna Stutzman
Captain Bill Stutzman was a Fire Captain at Donovan's Correctional Facility and was extremely proud of his role there. He had the honor of participating on strike teams during some of the infamous California wild fires. Bill was a Stair Climb veteran and enjoyed climbing with his team, CDCR. Sadly, Bill passed away this past March from heart failure and, in lieu of flowers, Bill’s wife Donna asked all her friends and family to honor her husband by making a donation to FirefighterAid. But Donna didn’t stop there. Having never done the Stair Climb before she decided to register for the event and jump on to team CDCR to climb in honor of Bill.
Due to the fantastic fundraising of team CDCR they earned their place as an Honor Team. The team began their 110 story climb with Bill's picture on the big screen and his favorite song serenading their start time, "Two Step" by Dave Matthews Band. Donna climbed with Bill in her heart, her Padres shoes laced tightly and alongside of some of Bill’s former Fire House colleagues. Donna told us this was the hardest thing she has ever done but when it comes to this sensational fire wife, we know she is extremely tough. We could not be more proud of her, but most importantly we now have a lifelong friend. Donna has played a huge role in almost $8,000 in donations to FirefightgerAid. Donna, thank you for turning your sorrowful times into such a positive feat for our fire community, we love you!