Fri. Oct 7th, 2022


The Roosevelt County Board of Commission adopted a proclamation during their regular commission meeting on Tuesday observing May 4, 2022 as Firefighter’s Day and the week of May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Services week.

Also during the City Council meeting, Fire Chief T.J. Cathey presented Lt. Artie James and Firefighter Zant Zamora with the distinctive Meritorious Award! This is awarded to personnel whom display exceptional bravery in the line of duty.
On the afternoon of April 13th, 2022 fire units were dispatched to a report of a possible structure fire. While in route, dispatch advised 911 callers were reporting heavy fire, smoke, and a victim possibly still inside the residence. On arrival units encountered a single wide mobile home with heavy fire and smoke showing. Winds that day were also in excess of 30mph. Firefighters deployed two crosslays in an attempt to get a knock down on the fire. Lt. James and Firefighter Zamora simultaneously entered the structure to perform a primary search.
During their primary search a victim was located and safely extricated from the structure by Lt. James and Firefighter Zamora. We would like to recognize these two for performing their jobs at the highest level. We would also recognize Fire Chief T.J. Cathey, Battlion Chief Jared Shearer, firefighters Michael Gonzalez, Hector Garcia, Jonathan Ortega, and Andrew Gramzow on a job well done!

President Ronald Reagan highlighted the role of Volunteer Firefighters in his proclamation issued in 1984:

“Our Nation’s volunteer firefighters carry on this truly American tradition of citizen response for the common good. Like the Minutemen of our early years, these volunteers are ready to respond on short notice to help fellow citizens in need. Volunteer firefighters protect our lives, our families, and the economic life of our communities from the threat of destructive fire, often at great personal sacrifice. These trained and organized volunteers, our neighbors, are a valuable national resource. It is fitting and proper that a grateful Nation should recognize the vital contributions of the one million men and women who serve in our Nation’s volunteer fire and rescue companies and departments.”

President George Bush also focused on the role of Firefighters in his 1991 proclamation:

“The responsibilities of a firefighter often entail considerable personal risk and sacrifice. In addition to enduring what are sometimes long and unpredictable hours — a burden shared by the loved ones who must cope with worry and waiting — firefighters are frequently called to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and the property of others. Professional and volunteer firefighters not only bring prompt, highly skilled assistance to victims of fire and other emergencies but also play a leading role in promoting public safety. Through schools and community programs across the country, firefighters are helping to educate the public — in particular, children — about ways to avoid fire and safety hazards. They are also teaching individuals what to do if an emergency strikes. Many firefighters who are also trained as paramedics and emergency medical technicians are helping to save lives by instructing citizens in first aid — including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.”

Please join the County in honoring all of these brave first responders today and every day for their public service.