Monday, December 18, 2017

ARCADIA – On Friday, December 15th, 2017, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) honored thirteen outstanding honorees with the “Make A Difference” Award for their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for so many residents in the community. This year Assemblymember Chau recognized our first responders, local law enforcement, and firefighters. The award ceremony took place during the Assemblymember’s annual “Holiday Toy Drive” in the City of Arcadia.

“This year I am excited that we are recognizing the outstanding men and women of our local Police and Fire Departments for their dedication in keeping all of our communities safe from crime and harm.  This is especially important given the tremendous efforts from our local Fire/Paramedics personnel who are involved in fighting to contain the Thomas Fire.  I encourage all of our residents and community to thank their local public safety officials and give them the support they deserve.”

The 2017 award recipients included: Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby, Los Angeles County Sheriff Captain David Flores, Alhambra Fire Chief Tom Phelps, Alhambra Police Chief Timothy Vu, Arcadia Fire Chief Michael E. Lang, Arcadia Police Chief Robert T. Guthrie, El Monte Police Chief David Reynoso, Monterey Park Fire Chief Scott Haberle, Monterey Park Police Chief Jim Smith, San Gabriel Fire Chief Derrick Doehler, San Gabriel Police Chief Eugene Harris, San Marino Fire Chief Mario D. Rueda, & San Marino Police Chief John N. Incontro.

Family, friends, and neighbors also met with the Assemblymember during the “Holiday Toy Drive” to discuss legislative issues, services and programs offered by the district office, and to celebrate the holiday season.  All toys collected were donated to non-profit organizations for distribution to families in need within the 49th District.

“In the spirit of the holidays, it is a pleasure to bring together various communities in my district to celebrate,” said Assemblymember Chau.  “I am extremely grateful for the generosity demonstrated by constituents who donated toys that will bring smiles to many children during this season.”