For Immediate Release
Robin Freese

Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association (OVFA) Member Wins California Casualty’s 2020 $5,000 STIHL® Tools Giveaway

San Mateo, CA, December 15, 2020 – California Casualty just awarded $5,000 to OVFA member and Umatilla County Fire District 1 Firefighter, Destry S., through its 2020 Work Hard/Play Hard $5,000 STIHL® Tools Giveaway. Destry was one of over 20,000 firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMT’s to enter the national contest.

California Casualty Assistant Vice President and Partner Relations Manager, Brian Goodman along with OVFA President, Zack Wilson, presented the oversized check during a small, socially- distanced get together with Destry’s fellow firefighters and family in attendance.

“I thought I was coming to the station with my family so my kids could get a picture with Santa Claus. I’m shocked and happy, to say the least!” said Destry. “I’m going to buy my wife Mandy something great for Christmas with the money. She’s my biggest supporter. I couldn’t be as dedicated to my firefighting and search and rescue work without her.”

“California Casualty, the auto and home insurance company trusted by these American heroes, offers an annual Work Hard/Play Hard contest as a way to thank all public safety for their role in our communities. We owe them this thank you for all that they do.” said Sr. Vice President Mike McCormick.

Destry has been a Firefighter an OVFA member, for 22 years.

OVFA President Zack Wilson commented, ““We are very appreciative of our longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship with California Casualty and excited for our member, Destry! Thank you to California Casualty for being a fantastic partner to the OVFA for over 40 years.”

Reflecting on the underlying purpose of the Work Hard/Play Hard giveback campaign, and what it means to represent the Auto and Home Insurance member benefit program, Goodman said, “It is an honor to award this gift to an OVFA member. California Casualty truly values our long-standing affiliation with OVFA. We began our partnership in 1981. Our 40 year milestone is another reason to celebrate. All of us here are proud of the relationship.”

Previous Work Hard/Play Hard sweepstakes from California Casualty have awarded public safety personnel with:

  • Liberty Safes,
  • DeWalt Tools,
  • Motorcycles, and
  • Cash

Past winners include an Oregon Police officer; a Colorado Sheriff’s captain; firefighters from California, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania; and a California Highway Patrolman.

Founded in 1914 and headquartered in San Mateo, California with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, firefighters, law enforcement and nurses across the country. Learn more about California Casualty at or call 1.800.800.9410.

*Stihl does not endorse or sponsor this promotion

California Casualty AVP, Brian Goodman presenting the $5,000 check to OVFA Member, Destry S.