The Southern Arizona community is invited to say ‘thank you’ to first responders for the work they do all year long as part of Heroes Day 2012 on Oct. 18.
In its fifth year, the annual event recognizes law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, Border Patrol agents and other first responders who work to keep the community safe and help citizens in times of crisis.
Heroes Day festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the La Encantada shopping center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, with a press conference honoring the four “Hero of the Year” award recipients for 2012. This year’s recipients are:
· Jobe Dickinson, a Tucson Police Department officer who responded to an armed robbery and coordinated the response of several other patrol units, which resulted in the capture of all four suspects.
· Ty Cobb, a firefighter at Northwest Fire Department who, while off-duty, freed a crash victim from a burning vehicle and also rendered medical care to other victims until additional personnel arrived at the scene.
· Roberto Heredia, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who hiked up mountains on one of the hottest days of the year to provide aid, carry to safety through rugged terrain and ultimately save the life of a semi-conscious and combative alien.
· Aaron Escalante, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who – along with his military working dog, Mushe, assessed an Afghani terrorist operations site, detecting an arsenal of weapons and hidden explosives to secure the site and suspend terrorist operations there.
Donations will be accepted at the event by the UMC Foundation to support The University of Arizona Medical Center Trauma Center, the only Level I trauma center in Southern Arizona.
Heroes Day is a volunteer effort put on by Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care with American Openings Inc. as the premier sponsor. The event is in partnership with the UMC Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports The University of Arizona Medical Center.
Heroes Day was started in 2008 to honor Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite, who was shot and killed after responding to a Tucson residential shooting, and to thank law enforcement members who serve the state and put their lives at risk every day.
A free breakfast or lunch will be available to all first responders on Oct. 18 at any of the five participating Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care locations: 5852 E. Speedway Blvd., 8080 E. 22nd St., 4291 W. Ina Road, 3002 N. First Ave. and 7846 N. Oracle Road. The public is invited to stop by any of these locations on Oct. 18 to sign ‘thank you’ banners or to drop off personal notes of appreciation to first responders.
A reception for a photography exhibit showcasing first responders in action will precede the Heroes Day festivities. The “Stronger Than Steel” 2012 exhibit featuring works by photographic artist Roni Ziemba will preview on Oct. 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Gallery Row, 2001 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 139. Tickets are $50 per person and include live music, cocktails, appetizers and a meet-and-greet with the artist. Call the reservation line at 520- 694-1196 to purchase tickets.