Two members of our Department were recently honored by their communities! In Division 5, Fire Fighter Specialist Robert Garcia of Fire Station 33 was honored at the recent Leadership and Public Service Awards event held at the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History for his service as a community leader. In another community-based event in Division 8, Fire Captain Frank Garrido of Fire Station 187 was honored as the Walnut Valley Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year at a celebration at the Diamond Bar Golf Course.
Fire Fighter Specialist Robert Garcia is Making a Difference in the Antelope Valley
By: Carmen Mackey
Fire Fighter Specialist Robert Garcia, joined by his lovely wife Trisha, was honored as a Community Leader and Agent of Change at the recent Leadership and Public Service Award event held at the City of Lancaster Museum of Art and History. Honorees have made a positive impact in the Antelope Valley and with the young adults involved in the program.
Fire Station 33 firefighters joining honoree Garcia include Battalion Chief Mark Tolbert, Captains Ken Garcia, Scott Polgar and Scott Jersek, Fire Fighter Specialists Don McLaughlin and Steve Corbett, Fire Fighters Dan Thompson, Riley Simonds, Nick Cunningham, Dan Thompson, and Marshall Montazari, and Fire Station 117 Call Fire Fighter Anthony Godde. Congratulations!
Walnut Valley Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year is Fire Captain Frank Garrido
By: Leticia Pacillas
Fire Captain Frank Garrido of Fire Station 187 has been selected as the 2014 Walnut Valley Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year. On November 4, the Walnut Valley Rotary Club held its annual Firefighter and Deputy of the Year recognition event at the Diamond Bar Golf Course, where Assistant Fire Chief Dave Stone and Battalion Chief Carl Flores shared highlights from Garrido’s career, and why he was selected. Surrounded by his crew, Garrido received additional accolades from the Rotarians, Congressman Ed Royce, the Office of Senator Bob Huff, and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Tye from the City of Diamond Bar. This recognition event is held every November as a way for the Walnut Valley Rotary Club to thank public safety members responding to the Walnut and Diamond Bar communities.
On June 10, 2000, Garrido reported to the Los Angeles County Fire Department as a new recruit firefighter. Having spent eight months prior working as a firefighter for the City of Huntington Beach, the move to Los Angeles County was something he was happy to pursue. Since being hired by the County 14 years ago, Garrido has quickly promoted, serving the Department as a Paramedic, Engineer, Fire Prevention Inspector, Public Information Officer and his current rank of Captain.
A Captain now for five years, he has spent the past year assigned to Fire Station 187, located on Temple Avenue in Pomona. Although Station 187 is located in the City of Pomona, its location is unique because it is home to Quint 187, which is also known as the “truck company” that responds to calls in the cities of Diamond Bar and Walnut.
Working truck operations is different than working on an engine, but it’s something Garrido enjoys. He says he finds the position rewarding, it’s given him additional learning opportunities and exposes him to different command experiences.
During his career, a memorable experience that he will never forget was traveling to Ground Zero one month after September 11th, where he and others assisted with the recovery efforts of fallen firefighters.
An active member of the Department, Garrido has served as a member of the Department’s Peer Support Team, PIO on incident management teams, and as part of a EMT Cadre Team, just to name a few. Demonstrating a passion for learning and knowledge, future goals include being promoted to the rank of battalion chief.
Off duty, Garrido enjoys spending time as a Crew Chief for a NASCAR Super Truck Series and working on cars. Family time is very important too, and has been married to his wife Kim for 11 years. They have two children, daughter Victoria (age 7) and son Anthony (age 4). Division VIII congratulates Captain Garrido!