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Sac Historical Society's Lukenbill on Firefighters Burn Institute 50 Years

The Sacramento Historical Society's VP Gregg Lukenbill says a program on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 will tell the story of the creation of the Firefighter's Burn Institute after the tragic plane crash into a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor in 1972.

$10 and free for members

Time & Location

Apr 25, 6:30 PM

Columbus Hall, 5961 Newman Ct, Sacramento, CA 95819, USA

In 1972, a jet airplane attempting to take off from Sacramento Executive Airport, crashed into a crowded Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, killing 23 people and burning many others. A Sacramento firefighter, Gene LaVine, and eight members of his family died in the fiery crash. Shortly after, Sacramento Fire Department Captain Cliff Haskell convinced the Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Local 522 to allow him to begin work establishing a specialized burn unit for the area. Cliff’s initial fundraising campaigns formed the FFBI in December 1973.


If you love learning Sacramento history you will love this beautiful legacy of nurturing and caring that speaks to the depth of our own modest, caring, giving Sacramento citizenry roots that we live in. An amazing Disneyesque story of recovery and giving back.

Please join us Tuesday evening, April 25th at 6:30PM at Columbus Hall in learning about, recognizing, and honoring a uniquely Sacramento grass roots fountainhead of a half century of continuously loving citizen human actions. Think about it, 50 years of giving back into our own community in a way that celebrates “the better angels of our nature” to quote Abraham Lincoln.

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