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Fire Station 25 - The Pride of the Eastside


Station 25 is located at 5211 SE Mall Street in Portland, Oregon and serves the Brentwood-Darlington, Creston-Kenilworth, Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, South Tabor, and Woodstock neighborhoods.  Station 25 was built in 1959 and seismically retrofitted in 2002 as part of a General Obligation Bond passed by voters in 1998.  Solar panels have been installed on the roof, which produce electricity that is either used by the station or sold back to the power grid.

Station 25 houses two apparatus – Truck 25 (basic life support) and Engine 25 (advanced life support).  On-duty personnel include one company officer, one paramedic officer, five firefighters, and one firefighter paramedic.  In 2009, Station 25 responded to 3,978 calls for service and averaged 11 runs per day.  This station serves a mix of residences and small commercial businesses.

This station is rich in history – both at this location and with its staff.  Lieutenant Lyons, Firefighter Lemon, Firefighter E. Branderhorst, Firefighter Perry and Firefighter Schaffer all worked together at Station 25 on the same shift for over 20 years.  Currently, Lieutenant Lyons and Firefighter Lemon each have nearly 30 years experience at Portland Fire. 

These firefighters are passing on their immense knowledge and depth of experience to the next generation of Station 25 firefighters.  Firefighter Everett Branderhorst had the opportunity to work with his son, Firefighter Aaron Branderhorst, on Truck 25 for a year and a half before Firefighter Aaron took over his dad’s shift, old room, and spot on Truck 25 when he moved on to a different station.  Firefighter Aaron recalls that his dad would drive the truck while he sat in the back.

One of Station 25’s most memorable calls happened two summers ago when community and media members requested assistance for a cat that had been stuck in a tree at the top of Mt. Scott for days.  As Truck 25’s aerial went up towards the cat, it continued to climb the tree.  Anticipating that it would run out of room, Portland Fire’s Public Information Officer, Lt. Oswalt, and firefighters grabbed a blanket.  As it fell out of the tree, firefighters caught the cat in the blanket and it ran off safe and sound.

Community involvement is a top priority at Station 25.  Each July, both Engine 25 and Truck 25 participate in the Woodstock Parade.  Crews also attend Franklin High School basketball and football games to support local students (remaining on duty at all times) and Engine 25 participated in Franklin High’s homecoming parade this past fall.  The station is a regular participant in National Night Out activities each August which strengthens neighborhood and community connections.

PF&R’s 2009 Firefighter of the Year and 29-year-veteran, Firefighter Lemon, has made an especially important impact on the people he works with and community he serves at Station 25.  From installing bicycle racks at Franklin High School to coaching youth in the community for 20 years in six sports to purchasing fitness equipment for local schools at his own expense and mentoring a future generation of firefighters who come to Station 25, Firefighter Lemon has touched the lives of many inside and outside of PF&R.

Firefighter Johnson coordinates monthly activities to build relationships with the businesses in Station 25’s Fire Management Area (FMA).  These activities include patronizing local restaurants and businesses so that they can connect with the customers they serve, build relationships, and support local businesses.

The firefighters at Station 25 like to think that they have the premier basement in the City of Portland.  The PF&R Health and Wellness Program encourages station-based personnel to work out for one hour per 24-hour shift in an effort to maintain high levels of fitness that helps firefighters perform their jobs safely and reduces risk of injury.  Working out in their basement gym helps firefighters stay in shape.  As a peer fitness trainer, Firefighter Johnson - who used to train NFL athletes – helps his fellow firefighters with strength and conditioning, speed, and quickness training.

Each day at 7:45 am and again in the afternoon, a specially-abled visitor named Don stops by the station to talk with the firefighters and give them ideas.  The crews at Station 25 report that they look forward to his daily visits and celebrate his birthday and Christmas with presents that the crew buys. 

The station’s slogan and logo – The Pride of the East Side, were designed by a firefighter’s wife and is proudly displayed on the station, truck, and engine.  Next time you see a Portland Fire truck or engine with a roaring lion on the door, you’ll know instantly it is from Station 25 and now you know a little more about the crews inside and their commitment to serving their community.


  Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  July 8, 2010


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Colleen Sherman

February 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Creston School K-8 Silent Auction 2011

January 2011

Dear Community Neighbors and Friends of Creston School,

We are preparing for our 6th Annual Silent Auction and are asking for your generous support. The annual auction has become our signature event and fundraiser for Creston. With support from friends, donors, and community sponsors, we have been able to raise funds to support Creston School. With your generous donation of goods and services, you assure quality education for current and future Creston students.

Being a donor provides you with a wonderful opportunity to advertise your business and get new prospective clients through your door. All donors receive recognition at the event and in the auction program. In addition, you are investing in the lives of young people – a priceless investment that benefits the community as a whole with a payoff that creates a lasting legacy.

This year’s auction, Make Magic for Kids, will be held on Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Creston School in SE Portland.

Creston houses an exciting, emerging K-8 program and two classrooms from the Columbia Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program.

All proceeds raised at Creston’s Make Magic for Kids Auction will be used towards the continued funding of technology improvements and enhancements throughout the school.

Now more than ever, support from our community will ensure that each child at Creston receives an education that motivates, challenges, and prepares our youth for the 21st Century.

Anything that your company can contribute would be greatly appreciated. We would love to make this a fun, successful event but we need your help to make this happen and ultimately raise the funds for our school.

An auction procurement form is attached. Please use this form to itemize your donation and either return it by mail or contact our auction coordinator Colleen Sherman ( for assistance.

Creston School’s PTA Federal ID number is 93-6039311.

Thank you for your generosity and support.

Andy McKean-Creston Principal
Colleen Sherman-Auction Chair
Maureen Chesser, Auction Co-Chair

Creston School K-8
4701 SE Bush Street
Portland, OR 97206
Ph: 503-916-6340 Fax: 503-916-2621


Make Magic for Kids Silent Auction – Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6-8:30 pm at Creston School

Donation Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2011

DONOR Name (for catalog): _________________________________________

Phone/Fax #: _____________________________

Email: _______________________________________

Contact Name & Title: _________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________

City, State, Zip: _______________________

Signature _____________________________________

Fair Market Value (Required) $

Item Description (Describe in detail – for use in catalog listing and include restrictions.)

Tangible Item: ? Item accompanies this form.

Certificate Item:
? Gift certificate accompanies this form.

? Item will be delivered to Creston on __/___/__.

? The Auction Office should make a gift certificate for this item.

? Item to be picked up by Creston School.

? Expiration date: _______ (if not specified, 1 year from event).

Donation/Cash Contribution $ _____________. (Make checks payable to Creston PTA)

Please retain a copy for your own tax records.
Creston Tax ID: 93-6039311

Thank you for supporting Creston School with your Auction donation.

Colleen Sherman & Maureen Chesser, Auction Co-Chairs


Anonymous User

November 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Why were the three trees removed from in front of your fire station? They will be greatly missed.


Brandi Peterson

August 30, 2015 at 11:42 AM

I wanted to thank the firemen who helped me and my dog Holly. Holly was stuck under my bed and I could not lift bed to free her. You responded so quickly and I appreciate your help very much and I am so thankful. Holly was sure excited when you rescued her.

Thank you again for all you do. I pray that all of you are safe, healthy and blessed.

Brandi Peterson



September 9, 2015 at 4:55 AM

Best management of the fire station.


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