Fire Captain Pete Finnerty of Fire Station 27 in Battalion 3 was honored as 2014 Firefighter of the Year by the Rio Hondo Boys and Girls Club during an awards banquet held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in the City of Commerce on October 29. Finnerty has served our nation’s fire service for the past 24 years, including 19 as a member of our Department.
Finnerty has had the honor of serving as a Fire Fighter Paramedic in the City of Bell and Bell Gardens. He promoted to Captain in 2006 and was assigned to the East Los Angeles area. He is currently assigned to Fire Station 27 in the City of Commerce, where he has proudly served this community for the past two years.
In addition to serving the local community, Finnerty is actively involved in our Department’s Recruit Mentor Program, Memorial Management Team, EMS Strategic Plan Task Force and is also the Liaison Officer for Incident Management Team 1. Over the years, he has been involved in many Fire Department programs that have directly contributed to the safety of our residents. One example is his service as the Hands Only CPR Coordinator for Battalion 3, providing training classes for local residents in Commerce and Bell Gardens. He has also taken the lead in evacuation training for local businesses and senior centers to help prepare for large scale emergency incidents.
Fire Captain Pete Finnerty was joined by Assistant Fire Chief Nick Duvally and personnel from Fire Station 27, including Fire Fighter Mike Ryan, Fire Captain Ernie Lopez, Fire Fighter Paramedic Robert Reinhold and Fire Fighter Specialist Allan Anolin.