This website is for information purposes to notify the residents of Garden Valley, Kelsey and Greenwood of the corruption, criminal history, sexual deviant acts by current fire chief Bill Dekker, current firefighters, fire board members and a former fire board chairman of the Garden Valley Fire Department.
Your taxpayer dollars are funding this past and continued discrimination, corruption, bigotry and hatred.

The Garden Valley Fire Department is a mismanaged, bigoted and crooked fire district located in El Dorado County California. It is suppose to serve the taxpayers of these communities, but the people responsible for it's management have had other hidden personal and financial agendas and goals. This website is updated often due to the constant ongoing corruption, at taxpayer expense, that is discovered at this fire department. Check back often to see updates. 

The emergency response area of this fire district consists of approximately 60 square miles bordered in the north by the town of Georgetown and to the south by the city of Placerville. This Fire district has 3 fire stations. The main staffed station (Station #51) is located at 4860 Marshall rd, Garden Valley Ca 95633. They have an outlying volunteer station located at 9751 Highway 193, Kelsey Ca 95667 (Station #52) and another at 3813 Highway 193, Greenwood Ca 95635 (Station #53).

This corruption began in November 2007 when Fire Chief Bill Dekker was hired by this Fire District as Fire Chief. Bill Dekker, Assistant Chief Linda Szczepanik and elected Fire Board members hid Dekker's Criminal, Sexual Deviant and Alcoholic background from the Public. Dekker's background was uncovered after a Garden Valley Fire Captain contacted Lyon County Nevada and Pine Arizona where he had served as fire chief. After Dekker's hiring at Garden Valley Fire Department, he discovered that this same fire captain was gay and that this fire captain had discovered Dekker's extensive criminal, sexual and corrupt background. This fire captain also questioned the illegal manner in which Dekker had been hired. Because of this, Fire chief Dekker conspired with assistant fire chief Linda Szczepanik and former Fire board chairman Rick Nelson to frame and then terminate this employee by blaming him for pornography that was placed on a work computer by Dekker and Szczepanik. Dekker and Szczepanik took the fire captains work computer hard drive, after they terminated him, and manipulated it by creating an email account and fabricating sexually explicit emails that they could later blame the fire captain for.

This fire captain had been employed with the department for over 17 years and had an excellent work history with numerous commendations. This fire captain was able to hire a computer forensic expert and prove that some of this pornography was linked to 2 other fire captains working at the fire department. The computer forensic expert also proved that the remaining sexually explicit content and emails were fabricated on a date well after the gay fire captain had been terminated and while the computer hard drive was in the possession of Bill Dekker. It wasn't until a year after this forensic information was brought forward, that they were forced to terminate fire captain Buchmiller, but yet to this date, they maintain the employment of the other fire captain linked to this pornography.

When the Garden Valley Fire District secretary complained about the discrimination and illegal treatment of this gay fire captain and of her being sexually harassed by Dekker, she was then terminated by Dekker and the fire board. Dekker then immediately hired Joe Cleaver as the new fire district secretary. Joe Cleaver is the spouse of the Assistant Fire Chief named Linda Szczepanik. Dekker then lied and stated that the secretary that was let go was being terminated due to budget constraints, yet that year the fire department hired a new paid firefighter and had over a $300,000 surplus. 

These terminations of employees by Dekker and Fire Board members were discriminatory, harassing, retaliatory and bigoted. They also are considered to be hate crimes. Both of these employees took legal action over this illegal behavior by these employees and fire board members costing the fire district over $500,000 of taxpayer money in legal fees and settlement costs. 
Read further on this website to see the details of fire chief Bill Dekker's criminal, corrupt, alcoholic, sexual deviant and gay hating background. Also read about the corruption of the fire board and the criminal history of board member Dave Souza.
When you click on the Link 1 button, it will take you to the Arizona newspaper site called the Payson Roundup. If you look halfway down that page, just above Bill Dekker's pictures, you will see a gray colored "more stories" link. Make sure you click on that to see all of Bill Dekker's news stories. That website documents all of the corruption and problems that occurred at Pine/Strawberry Fire Department in Arizona when Bill Dekker was Fire Chief there. The corruption followed Dekker to Garden Valley Fire Department. Shown below is a mapquest map to give website visitors the exact location of where Garden Valley Fire Department is located and where this corruption is ongoing.
   This website updated November 2015

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 Yellow Page buttons 1 thru 6 will take you to additional pages of  this website which documents this corruption, criminal, bigoted  and sexual deviant behavior. After you click on these buttons,  give them a few minutes to load. There is a lot of information on
 these pages.Yellow Link buttons 1 thru 11 will take you to  additional online  websites which document the corruption and  criminal history of  Fire Chief Bill Dekker and Garden Valley Fire  Board members.

 Link 1 button- Arizona Newspaper Website (Payson Roundup) - Has numerous  news stories detailing Corruption of Bill Dekker while Fire Chief in Pine  Arizona.  Type the word "Dekker" in the search bar on this website. After the  page loads,  make sure you click on the gray link that says "More Stories"  which is located  just above Bill Dekkers top picture. This will pull up all of the  stories of  corruption of Bill Dekker while in Pine Arizona.

 Link 2 button- 2009/2010 El Dorado County Grand Jury Report on Garden  Valley  Fire Department. When this page loads, click on the Garden Valley Fire  Protection Link under the heading of cases.

 Link 3 button- 2008/2009 El Dorado County Grand Jury Report on Garden  Valley  Fire Department. When this page loads, click on the Part 1 link-  Released January 2009

 Link 4 button- 2007/2008 El Dorado County Grand Jury Report on Garden  Valley  Fire Department. When this page loads, click on the part III link -  Released June  2008.

 Link 5 button- El Dorado County District Attorney press release on  Embezzlement of Garden Valley Fire Department District Funds. This article  mentions how prior board members embezzled fire district funds from the fire  district. Prior board member Robert Rogers was well aware of Bill Dekkers  criminal and DUI history and had a direct roll in the hiring of Bill Dekker. Norma  Cleaver is the partner of Assistant Fire Chief Linda Szczepanik. All of these  people are tied together in this web of corruption of this fire department.

 Link 6 button- Lawsuit by former Garden Valley Fire Department Secretary  Maria Capraun against Bill Dekker and the Fire District after she was sexually  harassed and then terminated.

 Link 7 button- Las Vegas Sun news story that also mentions Fire Chief Bill  Dekker DUI Incident while on Duty In Lyon County Nevada.

 Link 8 button- Sacramento CBS news story - El Dorado County Auditor Calls  Garden Valley Fire Chief’s 10-Year Contract ‘Outrageous’

 Link 9 button- Website of the drug and alcohol abuse treatment center located  in Sacramento, CA that Bill Dekker has made illegal credit card charges to  (embezzlement) on a Garden Valley Fire Department credit card. 

 Link 10 button- Sacramento CBS news story - On the Money: "Garden Valley  Fire Chief Under Investigation". This is a news story documenting fire chief Bill  Dekker's embezzlement of fire district money using a fire district credit card.

 Link 11 button-Mountain Democrat news story documenting the illegal activity  by the Garden Valley Fire Board attempting to cover up the embezzlement of  $2000 of fire district funds spent by fire chief Bill Dekker at a drug and alcohol  abuse treatment center.

 Link 12 button-Online newspaper called "In El Dorado County" documenting  the same embezzlement of Fire District funds by fire chief Bill Dekker to pay for  his alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

 Link 13 button- El Dorado County Sheriff media log website documenting the  sexual assault commited by Fire Board member Dave Souza against a male  sexual partner. Look for the Sheriff call at the time of 07:00 that occurred in  Garden Valley. The times are at the far left column of this media log.


Click on the page 2 button and then scroll down on that page to see several Gay personal ads that current Garden Valley Fire Department Board Member Dave Souza placed online in an attempt to meet young men to have sex with. Dave Souza used pictures of himself standing in front of Garden Valley Fire Department fire engines in an attempt to entice young men to answer his personal ads for sex. This page also shows the recent arrest made by the El Dorado County Sheriffs Office against Dave Souza for sexually assaulting a male sexual partner. Dave Souza also recently ran for a seat on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors District 4, but the people of El Dorado county decided not to elect a man with a history of sexual battery to other men.

 Click on the red PDF file to the right of this text. This file  contains copies of Garden Valley Fire Department Credit Card  statements obtained from the Auditor Controller of El Dorado  county. These credit card statements are charges made by Fire  Chief Bill Dekker and other employees. These charges are paid  by the Fire Department Board of Directors using taxpayer  money. If you glance through these files, you will see Bill  Dekker and other employees making numerous charges like  there's no tomorrow. Numerous charges are made at  restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. If you look at the pages  with charges made in July and August 2011, you will see an  $1100 and a $900 charge made to a business called  "Willingness to Change". This is a Drug and Alcohol treatment  center. These are illegal charges being paid by you, the  taxpayer, for a drunk Fire Chief. Click on Link button 9 above  to  see the website of this treatment center. The current Fire  Board  is attempting to cover up this embezzlement by  conspiring  together to state that these charges were authorized  in a  (closed to the public) fire board meeting, yet no record or  report existed of this meeting at the time these charges were  paid by the County auditor and became public. If you click on  Link button 1 and 7, you will see prior alcohol related news  stories of Bill Dekker at previous Fire Departments. All of this is  confirmation that the Garden Valley Fire Department Board of  Directors hired a drunk Fire chief and maintains the  employment of this alcoholic gay hating bigot.
 Here is the Location of the Garden Valley Fire Department in El Dorado  County  California using Mapquest. (See below) Click on the + button to zoom in on the  location of fire station #51. This is their main station and where the Fire  Board  of Directors meetings are held. This fire station is located at the corner of  Marshall road and Greenwood road in Garden Valley, Ca 95633.

 In April 2015, the residents of the Garden Valley, Kelsey and Greenwood areas  started receiving a tax bill from the State Board of Equalization for the  approximate amount of $150.00. This amount varies depending on how many  structures are located on your parcel. This is an illegal tax to fund the  California  Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) This is a double  tax. The  residents in the Garden Valley Fire Protection District already pay 2  yearly fees  in the amount of $35.00 and $71.12 that are assessed on their El  Dorado  County  Property tax bills. The California Department of Forestry and  Fire  Protection  has a fire station located in Garden Valley that staffs 2 fire  engines that already  respond to these 3 communities and provides the same  services of Garden  Valley Fire Department. Why do these residents need to  pay for the same  services twice? This money will only help fund the ongoing  corruption by  Garden Valley Fire Chief Bill Dekker and the Fire Board. 
 Go to  this website to  protest this new California Fire  Tax- or  call on the  Garden Valley Fire Department to  drop their 2 yearly property tax fees. You can  also go to this website to obtain  information on how to appeal this illegal tax- 
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Click on the "Link A" button just below, it will take you to a website with a news story about how the Ca State legislature proposes to replace this Ca Rural Fire fee with a 3% to 5% insurance surcharge  on all residential and commercial properties throughout the state. This is Assembly bill 1203 and would raise your Insurance premium and bring in 500 million annually to the state instead of the 80 million that the current Fire fee brings in to the state.

Click on the "Link B" button just below and it will take you to a newspaper article in the Sacramento Bee titled "Millions of dollars in California fire prevention money goes unspent" This article documents how CDF is hoarding the Rural Fire Fee you've been paying every year and how it's not being spent properly.