Farmersville council takes time for one of their own
By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette
FARMERSVILLE – City councils often times have some tough decisions to make from week to week. But every now and again they get to celebrate some of the better parts of their community. And for the Farmersville City Council they set some time aside to give Gus Camacho some recognition that he deserves for his dedications to the community.
Camacho served from 1950-1953 in the Strategic Air Command, attended the College of the Sequoias and furthered his education in Washington and was a founding member of the Freeze Relief Project in Farmersville. He was a long term member of the City Council and also served on the Planning Commission.
Council member Leonel Benavides said he owes his career in politics to Camacho.
“I was at the parade downtown and Gus came up to me and said they had an open seat on the council. He suggested I run and here I am 16 years later.”
Council member Greg Gomez added, “Gus was a real advocate for Farmersville to have their own High School and Library. We have both of those today.”
A representative from Assemblyman Devon Mathis’ office said, “I have heard more than enough about Gus to know he deserves to be honored. He first served his country then turned around and served his friends and community back home.”
Camacho was also honored by a representative from Senator Andy Vidak’s office as well.
Camacho said, “It has been an honor to serve this community.”
Shortly after Camacho’s dedication the council pivoted to ambulances. Tony Miller with Exeter District Ambulance asked the Council if they could provide a place where the ambulance could park and the personnel could have a place to relax, get out of the weather and use the facilities from 6am to 6pm.
“Right now there is an 81/2 minute response time for the ambulance to respond from Exeter,” said Miller. “That time could be shortened with an ambulance stationed here. In an emergency, time matters.”
The council said they would look into what facilities may be available and get back to him.