We are proud to announce that YAPS Operation Manager, Ginger Bryk, has been named the American Red Cross 2021 Disaster Services Hero as part of the Inland Empire Hero Awards!!!

Ginger was recognized for her life saving efforts during the El Dorado Fire in September of 2020.


Ginger has made a career out of rescuing cats and dogs at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society. However, during the El Dorado Fire her rescue efforts expanded to farm animals of all types. When news of the evacuation order for the Oak Glen area came through, Ginger knew people and animals were going to need help. She immediately hooked up her horse trailer to her truck and was one of the only vehicles headed into Oak Glen.


Her first stop was Apple Annie’s in Oak Glen. The pasture where the farm animals are housed at Apple Annie’s was difficult to reach with a truck and trailer. She maneuvered her truck to a near jack knife position to be able to reach the animals. After a few trips up to Oak Glen she was able to transport 15 pigs, 5 sheep, 6 llamas, 12 goats, 1 bull and 3 ducks.


“I am not comfortable taking credit for helping during the evacuations. I helped because that’s what you should do. You should always help your friends, your family, and your neighbors,” said Ginger Bryk.


Ginger has a history of stepping forward to help people and their pets. In 2017, she traveled to Houston with pet supplies and her horse trailer ready to aid people affected by Hurricane Harvey. In 2019, during the Sandalwood Fire, Ginger created a Facebook Page dedicated to local animal evacuations: Animal Evacuations – Yucaipa/Calimesa/Cherry Valley/Beaumont. This page served as a resource to help victims of the fire with supplies and to reunite them with their pets. To date this Facebook Page continues to be a resource to the local community.


She was also recognized by Chad Mayes of the 42nd Assembly District, California State Legislature and by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for her “commitment and dedication to the safety of animals and service to the community during the El Dorado Fire.”


Ginger truly is a hero. You can view the Red Cross Awards here: IEHEROES.givesmart.com.