Division 8 acting Assistant Fire Chief Troy Flath and Fire Captain Steven Cabrera of Fire Station 26 received accolades from the City of La Puente on Tuesday, July 14, for their recent deployment to Nepal.
During the ceremony, La Puente Mayor Dan Holloway expressed his gratitude for their time, noting that he was thankful that both were among the personnel serving the city.
Flath and Cabrera were two members of the 57-person USA Task Force (USA-2)—known domestically as California Task Force 2. USA-2 was one of two U.S. urban search and rescue (USAR) teams sent to Nepal after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25. The teams were deployed that day by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the request of the Nepali government.
After spending 19 days searching for victims in Nepal, the team returned home in groups from May 15 – 17.
While in Nepal, USA-2 assisted with the rescue of a 15-year-old boy five days after the April 25 earthquake and a 41-year-old woman less than 24 hours after a magnitude 7.3 aftershock on May 12. USAID team members also assisted with the treatment of more than 40 people at a triage center at Tribhuvan International Airport and in the town of Charikot.
Featured photo: The City of La Puente honored Division 8 acting Assistant Chief Troy Flath and Fire Captain Steven Cabrera for their deployment to Nepal as part of USA Task Force 2. Photo by Leticia Pacillas.