Safety awards

— Staff reportOctober 15, 2013 

The first Safety Awards dinner, honoring the Mountain Area's emergency services will be held Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Elk's Lodge in Oakhurst.

This event is the brainchild of Dale Miller, trustee of the lodge and firefighter for 40 years in Ventura County, where he received a plaque in recognition of his service.

"Our safety service personnel do one of the best services for the taxpayer buck," — Dale Miller

It was such an honor and privilege to be recognized that Miller never forgot how proud he felt, which got him thinking nearly 40 years later.

"Our safety service personnel do one of the best services for the taxpayer buck," said Miller. "They're always there to help 24-7 and they need to be recognized for that."

One member from each of the following agencies will be nominated by their peers for their service all year. The agencies are the California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, Madera County Fire, Eastern Madera County Sheriff's Department, Sierra Ambulance and US Forest Service.

"These six agencies are made up of a special breed of people," remarked Miller. "They are always in the background until they're needed. They want to serve and they need to be recognized."

Dinner is $12 per person and is open to the public.

Tickets will not be sold at the door and can be purchased at the Elks Lodge, Yosemite Bank, and Dorsey's Hallmark.

Details: Dale Miller, (559) 683-0819, Elk's Lodge, (559) 683-2717.

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