At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Fire Captain Ricardo Ruelas was honored as the recipient of the 26th annual Perpetual Fire Prevention Award of Excellence.
The award is given annually to an outstanding member of the Fire Prevention Division for his or her involvement in fire prevention and community activities.
A 15-year Los Angeles County Fire Department employee, Captain Ruelas is currently assigned to the Arson Unit and works out of the El Monte Fire Prevention Division office. His three daughters proudly stood by his side as he received a personalized scroll from the Board.
Additionally, the Board acknowledged October as Fire Prevention Month and also honored members of Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 2 (CATF-2) for their life-saving efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Activated on September 10, 2018 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CATF-2 was deployed for two weeks to assist with water- and land-based rescues, ground surveillance and community outreach. The 16-member swift water team, along with an Incident Support Team member, arrived in North Carolina, equipped with boats, rescue supplies, gear, water and food.
Assigned to Cumberland County, CATF-2 made one notable rescue while patrolling the Stedman area of Raleigh, North Carolina. They performed a dramatic swift water rescue, safely removing a 47-year-old man trapped in his nearly submerged SUV.