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Preston Sharp, Volunteers Help Clean Up Whiskeytown Cemetery

Redding's own Preston Sharp, with the help of many volunteers, cleans up the Whiskeytown Cemetery after the Carr Fire.

Posted: Aug. 19, 2018 10:38 PM
Updated: Aug. 19, 2018 10:46 PM

Whiskeytown, CA -- Preston Sharp has spent countless hours placing American flags on veterans' gravestones across the country.  Sunday, he was joined by many enthusiast volunteers who wanted to help him clean up Whiskeytown Cemetery.

In late July, the Carr Fire tore through Whiskeytown, destroying trees, signs, and leaving ash, dirt, and dust across countless gravestones.  The cemetery is owned by Shasta County, but it's usually up to family members who have loved ones there to maintain it.

Many people said they were honored to come in and donate time, restoring the cemetery to its former glory.  Big Daddy's Bar B Que even drove down from Medford to serve lunch to the volunteers for free.  Sharp says he met the people behind the company when he placed flags on veterans' gravestones in Medford, and they wanted to return the favor.

It was a very special day of community service, and friendship after weeks of pain and devastation from the most destructive wildfire in Shasta County history.

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