First Responders honored at annual Trailblazer Luncheon

| March 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

CHAMBER MEMBERS and guests attended the Zoom program saluting award recipients from LAPD and LAFD.

Members of the Greater Miracle Mile Chamber of Commerce (GMMCC) met on Zoom to honor the recipients of the 2021 Trailblazer Award last month. The award ceremony recognized first responders from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). A heavy roster of speakers spoke of the importance of their roles in the Miracle Mile community.

The GMMCC’s annual Trailblazer Award recognizes members of the community who exhibit outstanding dedication and service to the residents and businesses of the Miracle Mile. This year, challenges included, but were not limited to: a pandemic, civil unrest and economic fallout. The GMMCC board chose to present the award to first responders. Recipients included: Battalion 18 (Chief Paul Pham and Fire Station crews), Fire Station 61 (captains and crews), Fire Station 68 (captains and crews), and LAPD’s Wilshire Division (captains and crews).

Luncheon speaker and city controller Ron Galperin observed:

“In the world we live in, true heroes too often go unheralded and unnoticed, which is why honoring

their work at the Trailblazer Luncheon is so important. Our city’s first responders, and their families, are the people who sacrifice to keep us safe and secure every single day. They are the working women and men who have been there and will always be there for us, along with the many health care workers, grocery workers, government workers and others who have helped keep Los Angeles running during the pandemic.”

Lyn MacEwen Cohen, president, First-In Fire Foundation, said of the responders’ efforts, “This is preparedness from the heart in the heart of Miracle Mile.”

GMMCC Executive Director Meg McComb added, “Each year our Chamber recognizes those in our community that have given significant and sustained service to the Miracle Mile. To me, the fire and police departments are not just an obvious choice, they are a long overdue and necessary one. With all manner of civic upheaval in the last year, none are more deserving of our thanks, praise and honor.”

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