Boy Scout wants to honor the late Fred Pinard with memorial |

Boy Scout wants to honor the late Fred Pinard with memorial

by Merrie Leininger

A memorial to the man who gave his life helping others is to be erected in Lampe Park.

Dave Stockman, 16, a Boy Scout with Troop 495, said he wants to honor Fred Pinard, who died Jan. 2, 1997, while trying to save homes along the Carson River.

“Fred Pinard gave his life to the Carson Valley, and deserves to be remembered,” he said. “Fred was helping people during the flood and I think of him as a hero.”

Fred Pinard’s daughter, Janine Bliss, lives in the Carson Valley, and said she is thrilled people still remember her father.

“I thought it was great that somebody would think about doing something like this. My brother (who lives in San Francisco) also thinks it’s pretty neat that not only us think he is special and important,” Bliss said.

– Died trying to help. Pinard was swept into the Carson River while he was trying to shore up the bank at the Riverview Trailer Park on Highway 59.

Bliss said Pinard had a loader and so he went down there on his own to help.

“He wasn’t afraid to give the shirt off his back. He wasn’t afraid to stop along side the road to help people. Nowadays, people don’t do that, but he didn’t care,” Bliss said.

Pinard and his family moved to the Carson Valley in the 1960s and he worked in the construction business. His wife died in 1988.

Stockman said he has gotten approval from the parks department to install a bench with a plaque and plant trees around it in Lampe Park.

Bliss said the park is an appropriate place for a memorial to her father.

“My daughter, Brigitte, she’s 6 now, and they would spend a lot of time down there feeding the ducks and playing on the toys,” she said.

Stockman is still raising the estimated $800 to build the memorial.

He is sending letters to people who knew Pinard and civic groups asking for donations.

The memorial came about as his Eagle Scout project. Stockman said one of the major requirements of becoming an Eagle Scout is creating and carrying out a public service project.

For more information, call Stockman at 265-7164.

To contribute: write to the Pinard Fund T. 495, BSA Troop 495, P.O. Box 1133, Gardnerville, NV 89410.

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