Operations Chief celebrates 44 years in the fire service

  • Written by Heather Chadwick| PIO


Eric Andrews

MONROE—Assistant Chief of Operations Eric Andrews with the Snohomish County Fire District 7 is retiring after 44 years in the fire service. Andrews will serve his final day on Friday, Jan. 31.

“I know many fire department leaders proclaim how great their members are,” Andrews said. “But I can truly say I know of no agency, and I have seen many, that have more passionate fire service members than we have here are Fire District 7. What an honor to have been a small part in this incredible organization for so many years.”

Andrews began his firefighting career in 1976 as a volunteer with Snohomish County Fire District 26. He was hired by Snohomish County Fire District 7 in July of 1978 as one of only two full-time employees at the time.

Andrews served the citizens of Fire District 7 in many capacities throughout his career. He worked his way through the ranks serving as Firefighter/EMT, Lieutenant, Training Officer, Battalion Chief, and then was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations. As the Assistant Chief of Operations Andrews was in charge of the district’s day-to-day operations while planning for the future and seeking best practices.

During his career, he helped secure over $3.4 million in various grants. It was due to his hard work and expertise that Fire District 7 was able to improve service to citizens and create safer working environments for firefighters helped by these grants. One of the grants; Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER), allowed Fire District 7 to hire 16 additional firefighters to meet the rising service demand. Fire District 7 was also awarded two Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) grants, a radio communication grant, a personnel protective clothing grant, and public education aids and new fire apparatus saving taxpayers millions of dollars. 

Andrews was also instrumental in the development of multiple programs and teams throughout the county, two of which, were the Cooperative Interagency Training program started in 1998 and the Northwest Incident Management Team (NWIMT) that formed in 1996.  He served as the NWIMT Operations Section Chief during large scale incidents such as the Oso mudslide and major fires in our state.

Andrew also has served as the Northwest Region coordinator for the State Fire Defense Committee for the last 13 years. He will continue to serve as the coordinator after retiring from Fire District 7. Andrews will continue to serve as the Fire Chief of Sky Valley Fire in Gold Bar after his retirement from Fire District 7. 

A retirement flag-lowering ceremony to be held on Jan. 31 at Fire Station 71, 8010 180th St. S.E., Snohomish. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Woodinville Police Beat Jan. 12-15, 2020


17800 BLOCK OF 131 AVE NE: On Jan. 12 around 6:45 p.m., deputies were asked to assist in locating the occupants of a rollover collision that occurred on SR 522, where the occupants fled the scene. All occupants were located and the investigation was turned over to WSP troopers on scene.


14100 BLOCK OF NE WOODINVILLE-DUVALL ROAD: On Jan. 12 at around 11:57 p.m., deputies were called for a chronic shoplifter who was in a store and loading a cart with clothing. The subject told deputies that he planned on stealing the clothes. The manager wanted the subject removed from the store, but told him to come back at a later time and he will be given free clothing.


17300 BLOCK OF 131 AVE NE: Subject surrendered his firearms at the PD as required by a court order.


17100 BLOCK OF 131 AVE NE: On Jan. 14 at around 9:48 a.m., the victim noticed that during the night one of her car windows was broken out and items were taken. No suspect information available.


20300 BLOCK OF 170 AVE NE: On Jan. 15 at around 7:05 a.m., deputies were called about a suspicious vehicle and possible drug activity in a neighborhood. Deputies determined that the vehicle had an associated warrant for the registered owner. They contacted the owner in the driver’s seat. He exited the car and tried to flee, but was arrested nearby. The subject admitted to smoking heroin in the car and turned over his remaining drugs for disposal. The subject was booked into jail.


17100 BLOCK OF 133 AVE NE: On Jan. 15 at around 1 p.m., a victim passed away at an assisted care facility.


12500 BLOCK OF NE 148 STREET: On Jan. 15 at around 4:12 p.m., a 14- year-old victim attempted suicide by overdosing on medication.


13100 BE 177 PLACE: On Jan. 16 at around 4:16 p.m., a victim reported that he was a victim of identity theft online.

Family displaced in early morning house fire

  • Written by Heather Chadwick

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Mill Creek—At 3:21 a.m. Monday morning firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at the 15000 block of 30th Drive SE in the Mill Creek Red Cedar Neighborhood. 

Crews arrived to find a truck that was fully engulfed in flames with the fire quickly spreading to the garage and second story of the house.

Firefighters were able to quickly gain control and extinguish the fire to keep it from spreading further into the home protecting important valuables.

Two adults and two dogs were able to get out of the house with no injuries before crews arrived. Two cats were not able to be located.

There is an estimated $300,000 in damage to the home. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Firefighters from Fire District 7 and South County Fire battled the blaze.

Members of 1-800-Board-Up assisted the family with securing their home. The American Red Cross was contacted but was unable to come due to the road conditions. The Fire 7 Foundation was able to financially assist the displaced family.

Detectives seeking information on another drive-by shooting

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At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, Washington State Patrol (WSP) received a 911 call from a victim stating that he had been shot while driving on SB I-5. The victim also told dispatchers that he had driven himself to the AM/PM off of S. 272nd and that he had been hit in the lower back.

When troopers arrived, they observed a male lying face down in the parking lot and being tended to by a female that was applying paper towels to his lower back. Trooper Van Cleave took over applying pressure to the victim’s back until the fire department arrived and continued treatment.

During this time, the victim stated he was traveling SB on I-5 from 200th when another vehicle fired at his vehicle around S. 240th.  He also stated that he had no information on the description of the vehicle or who the occupants were.

The victim is a 31-year-old male from Seattle and was transported to Harborview Medical Center with a non-life threatening injury.

The victim’s vehicle sustained 10 bullet holes on the left side.  The vehicle was taken to the WSP evidence storage facility to be processed for evidence.

Washington State Patrol detectives are seeking anyone that may have witnessed this shooting or observed the vehicles prior to or after the shots were fired.  Please contact Detective Vik Mauro at 425.401.7746 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Woodinville Police Beat Dec. 23-Jan 5, 2020


17300 Blk. 133rd Ave. N.E.–Mother reported bruising of a 3-year-old daughter and possibly being shut in dark box with twin brother while visiting with father.


17600 Blk. Garden Way N.E.–Male trespassed from a grocery store after concealing beef jerky in a jacket and exiting the store.


13900 Blk. N.E. Mill Pl.–Target loss-prevention turned over several items from its Lost and Found.


12400 Blk. N.E. 171 St. Pl.–Documentation of e-mail contract from a respondent on an un-served protection order.


13300 Blk. of N.E. 175 St.–At approximately 2:30 a.m., on Jan. 1, gained unlawful entry into two restaurants by throwing rocks through their windows. Cash was stolen, no suspects at this time.


13300 Blk. of N.E. 173 St.On Jan. 2 a subject stole a victim’s car that was parked in his parking stall. The non-descript subject is seen on video walking into the complex parking area around 1:11 a.m. and the victim’s vehicle drives out shortly thereafter. No suspects at this time. 


14500 Blk of N.E. 184 Pl.– On Jan. 2,  at around 11:10 p.m., the R/P called about an unknown subject walking around in her fenced backyard. Deputies arrived, searched the yard but found no one there. A short distance away deputies found a male walking through some heavy brush. Upon contact, the subject held a knife to his throat and threatened to kill himself. Deputies spoke to the male for several hours and convinced him to put his knife down and go in for a mental health evaluation. 


18600 Blk. of Woodinville- Snohomish Rd.On Jan. 4 two customers complained about having their car keys stolen from their lockers. The suspects then went to the parking lot and stole the wallets from the victim’s cars. No suspects at this time. 


17800 131 Ave. N.E.– On Jan. 4 at around 10 a.m., deputies met with Bothell PD who had arrested a subject on a Woodinville warrant. Deputies took custody of the subject and booked him into Kirkland Jail. 


14000 Blk. of N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Rd.–On Jan. 4, at around 2:30 p.m., a victim reported that her wallet was stolen from her purse while she shopped in a store. The case is currently under investigation. 


18700 Blk. of 142 Ave. N.E.In the early morning hours of Jan. 5, someone entered several work trucks that were parked on the street and stole their batteries. Suspects are unknown at this time.