BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — Drawing ever closer to a year since the devastating Camp Fire, the Butte County Sheriff's Office has released newly-designed badges to commemorate the tragic events that took place on Nov. 8, 2018 and the lives that were lost.
Members of the Butte County Sheriff's Office collaborated on the new design, making the badges truly unique.
Most noticeable is the center seal, which depicts the historic Honey Run Covered Bridge, originally built in 1887. This iconic structure was destroyed in the fire, but efforts are underway to restore the bridge.
As the Butte community rises from the ashes of the Camp Fire, the center seal is especially symbolic as it represents both the history and legacy of Butte County, while acknowledging what was lost.
For many, the destruction of the covered bridge is the local face of the Camp Fire.
Additionally, the seal includes the phrases "Camp Fire 2018" and "Butte Strong" the latter of which was frequently heard in the aftermath of evacuations as community members attempted to encourage and support each other.
The badges were purchased by Butte County Sheriff's Office members with their own money, so that there was no additional cost to the sheriff's office.
Ed Jones Co., of Berkeley California, which has been making law enforcement badges since 1898, handcrafted each badge.
Members are authorized to wear the badges for one year and then during the month of November for subsequent years as a long-standing reminder of their unrelenting service during the wildfire.
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