On Friday we lost a huge part of our community and our lives. Mel Russell was the Atwater Fire Chief for 26 years. He was a great father and friend to all. The Russell family represents the best of our community and our hearts are with them. 

The Atwater Firefighters Association wrote:

“Our prayers are with the family and friends of Chief Mel Russell along with the community. It has been an honor to serve with you in the County as a department and brother. God bless our friend and Brother. Rest easy now, we got it from here,”

Please keep the Mel Russell and his family in your thoughts and prayers.