By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

I have been writing fire & life safety articles for the Coachella Valley Weekly for almost 10 years. Thank you, Tracy Dietlin, for the kindness you have displayed to me for almost a decade. This article is a tribute to my dad who recently passed. My dad was instrumental in writing this article regarding golf safety in 2014

My dad was (and still is to me) one of the most kindhearted people you would ever meet. He would give the shirt off his back and help anyone in need. I know he enjoyed working with me on the golf safety article. My dad is now in heaven with my mom, sister, his parents, and brother among so many other loved ones. It’s now just myself and my three brothers. Life goes by quickly. Why do we often take for granted the things that deserve our gratitude the most?

We do this with both people and possessions. The problem is many people do not realize this until the situation has come and passed. We take things for granted daily, always with the assumption that whenever we need something or someone, it will be there.


There are many things we fail to realize the true value of until they are missing from our lives. Think of technology, the Internet, and your cell phone. You do not realize how vital your cell phone is to your life until you have to go days without it. Enjoy the little things in life because someday you will realize they were the big things.

Lastly, I want to thank so many of his friends throughout the Coachella Valley and especially at Indian Palms Country Club for being so kind to him. Thank you for your love and kindness as you know dad loved his golf!

Also, thank you Ignacia Flores, of Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries. She is a Family Services Director in Cathedral City who is and was so helpful, patient and comforting during this difficult time. Thank you, Ignacia!