YOUNTVILLE – Most firefighters, law enforcement officers and other first responders will tell you that no recognition is needed following their lengthy assignments and duties assisting with the deadly and devastating North Bay fires in October 2017.
“The rare individuals who pursue public safety careers have it in their blood to serve and protect,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “We always thank our members for their service because we recognize the sacrifice, selflessness, and just the pure exhaustion of their jobs, but to have other folks take time out to recognize these heroic individuals is huge.
On November 28, 217, administrators at the Veterans home in Yountville held a ceremony, publicly recognizing and thanking CSLEA members who worked 24-hour shifts for days on end to keep citizens safe and flames at bay.
Receiving a certificate of appreciation were Firefighter Security Officers Thomas Becerra and Brian Madsen and acting Captain Megan Patterson. Presenting the awards were California Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Vito Imbasciani, MD, acting Administrator Ursula Stuter, and Thomas Martin with CalVet PP.
Also recognized, but unable to attend were Chief Tony Arcuri and Firefighter Security Officer Lorenzo Serrato.