Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Placitas Fire Chief Also Photojournalist.

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

Placitas' new volunteer fire chief Paul Bearce says he doesn't take the responsibility of protecting his community lightly.

"I guess I feel like living in Placitas is kind of a privilege," Bearce said during a Thursday interview. "It's a really nice area to live in, and it's my way of paying back the community."

Bearce has juggled double duties as photo editor of the Albuquerque Journal and member of the Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade for the past five years. He has been photo editor at the Journal for the past eight years and is originally from Utah. He and his wife, Laurinda, have two sons Jonathan, 17 and Matthew, 14. …

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