On Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, Rancho Sahuarita residents came together for two special events, both designed to celebrate and recognize the hard work and dedication of the local teams of Rural/Metro Fire Department.
The two-part event began on Friday, with a special edition of the community’s “Movies Under the Stars Series”. Residents were able to attend the event and visit with the local teams of both Station 79 and Station 82. They also had the opportunity to learn more about Rural/Metro and their services from Tim Torres, Southern Arizona Account Executive, who was on site with information about subscriptions and special offers.
Just before the start of the movie, Assistant Community Director for Rancho Sahaurita, Michelle Moreno, recognized the firefighters with a short program. Chief Jonathan McMahan addressed the residents in attendance, recognizing the hard work of the teams who dedicate their daily lives to keeping the community safe.
A special “Thank You” banner was available for residents to sign, as well as a mailbox, in which children and families could place their handwritten letters and drawings. The messages will be given to the firefighters to read and enjoy. Key leaders were also in attendance, including Mayor Duane Blumberg, Vice Mayor Bill Bracco, and Council Member Tom Murphy.
The next morning, residents were invited to enjoy a free pancake breakfast at Station 82. The team at Rancho Sahuarita also was on site at this event, helping children make special handcrafted Father’s Day cards. The annual Father’s Day Card Making Event was moved to be held in conjunction with the pancake breakfast: making it the perfect opportunity to kick off Father’s Day weekend for families.
The team at Rural/Metro plays a vital role in protecting the community, as well as participating in important community events and initiatives. These events served as another example of their commitment to community, and in turn, the community’s recognition of and gratitude for them.
Vice Mayor Bill Bracco spoke of their importance saying “The recognition event on Friday night was very nice and well deserved for the Rural/Metro Fire Department personnel. They are valued part of our community, and the service they provide to our residents is outstanding. Over the years I have got to know quite a few members of the department, and have always been impressed with their devotion to the community and their professionalism.”