New County and City Fire Chiefs to be honored this Saturday; homeless children to help give award
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Supervisor Ron Roberts and Supervisor Greg Cox will join hundreds of San Diegans honoring First Responders: Police, Fire and Medics on Saturday September 12, 9 a.m. to noon at the San Diego County Administration Building.
The family event is called: "Salute to You: The Red, The White and The Blue" (red for fire, white for medics and blue for police)
Awards of honor and recognition will be given by Scott Chadwick, Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego, and County Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts, to leaders in the Police, Fire, Sheriff and Medic departments:
- San Diego Fire Department: Assistant Chief Brian Fennessy (will replace City Fire Chief Mainar when he retires)
- San Diego Police Department: Captain Chuck Kaye
- Cal Fire: Fire Chief Tony Mecham (new Fire Chief for County)
- Sheriff Department: Captain Hank Turner
- Rural Metro: General Manager Wayne Johnson
Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances will be available for kids/ families to tour.
First Responders will be available for kids/families to meet.
Homeless children from East Co Transitional Living Center in El Cajon will help give an award to Chief Mecham, and then tour fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, meet first responders, and play in the water park.
This is a free family event. Public is encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
The Water Park will be open for additional family fun.
"The City of San Diego is proud to honor its first responders,” said Scott Chadwick, Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego. "These brave men and women ensure San Diego’s place as one of the safest big cities in the nation. On this day, we would like to sincerely thank and honor them for their service to our region."
“I’m proud to join the community in supporting our courageous first responders,” said Supervisor Greg Cox. “Our first responders are the lifesavers when there is an emergency or disaster and this is a great opportunity to thank them for their service.
“It has been a privilege over the last 20 years to witness how, in times of trouble, we have always been able to count on our dedicated Deputy Sheriff Officers and firefighters,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “These devoted men and women are the finest group of first responders you will find anywhere in the nation.”
The event is organized by a collaboration of San Diegans who feel that honoring First Responders is long over-due, especially in light of the recent negative attacks on law enforcement:
"This event is intended to recognize and honor our first responders throughout the City and County of San Diego. Each and every day these men and women place their lives on the line for our welfare.” Said event chairman, James Fontana. “If you want to have some fun this weekend, while lifting the spirits of our local heroes, came say thank you in person to our firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officials.”