Rich Setzer a hero in our community

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Rich Setzer was known for his service to the Santee community.

After serving in the Navy, he continued to serve his community by volunteering for organizations serving veterans. I first met Rich when he was working with Dogs on Deployment. Dogs on Deployment finds temporary homes for pets while their owners are Deployed.

Rich Setzer – An East County Community Hero

Rich then began working with Tools4Troops to provide construction tools to veterans in order to make it easier for them to get started in the construction industry.

Rich was also a long-time volunteer for Grossmont Hospital as a driver for the “Blue Angels”.

Losing Rich Setzer is a huge blow to the entire East County community. The best way we can honor him is to try to follow the example he set for us.