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Philanthropy in the highest Digre

By Aaron Kinney
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 at 3:42 pm in Aaron Kinney, City Council, Pacifica.


Our sincerest apologies for the huge gap in postings. The Insider went off the rails following the San Diego wildfires and continuing through the elections. We’re now back to our regular schedule.

Speaking of San Diego, when the Insider tagged along with a special California Medical Assistance Team in late October on its mission to help thousands of residents who were turned out of their homes by wildfires, we encountered several members with Bay Area ties.

Among them was Erick Digre, 55, husband of none other than Sue Digre, a member of the Pacifica City Council. (Erick is pictured above with fellow Cal-MAT worker and San Rafael resident Crystal Wright, whose husband is a firefighter for the Belmont-San Carlos Fire Department.)

Erick Digre, who works as a ranger patrolling the Crystal Springs watershed, serves with Cal-MAT as a medic. He also volunteers with the Red Cross when he gets a chance.

Digre is highly self-effacing and doesn’t like to talk about his work helping others. Asked why he works for Cal-MAT, he said simply, “I don’t see me not doing this.”

But he was happy and proud to talk about his children. Erick and Sue have one son, a San Francisco firefighter, who’s been to Iraq twice with the Marine Reserves.

Their other son is training to be a combat medic with the U.S. special forces, while their daughter is an emergency room nurse. Oh, and Sue works with handicapped children.

The Insider feels insufficiently altruistic.

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