James Rice has accomplished much in his 97 years, and Saturday, the DreamCatchers club from Liberty High School recognized those accomplishments with a surprise party at Rice’s retirement home.
Rice served in the Marines during World War II, and when he returned, he went on to spend more than 20 years with the Kern County Fire Department.
Liberty High’s DreamCatchers worked with Optimal Hospice to organize the celebration.
Rice wanted to ride on a fire truck again, so firefighters from his old station and shift came together Saturday to make that happen.
During the celebration, which was also attended by fellow veterans, Rice received honors from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office and local veterans groups thanking him for his service.