By Kaelyn Floyd
Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) Fire Captain Pat Long of Battalion 15, Fire Station 183, was presented with a 2018 Respect for Public Safety Award by the Pomona Optimist Club during its annual Respect for Public Safety Awards dinner. The event took place on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Mr. D’s Diner in Pomona.
LACoFD Division VIII nominated Captain Long for the award because of his dedication to Pomona, exemplary patient care, and his leadership skills in the Department as well as for his humanitarian efforts worldwide.
Battalion Chief Eduardo Lozano accepted the award on Captain Long’s behalf. At the time of the ceremony, Captain Long was on deployment in Washington D.C., assisting the U.S. government with a humanitarian logistics operation.
Captain Long started working for LACoFD in 1989. He has spent most of his career dedicated to serving the City of Pomona — nearly 20 years. Captain Long is an active member of the Department’s Urban Search and Rescue, and has been a first responder for many incidents, including the Ebola epidemic in Africa and the earthquake in Haiti.