The Rotary Club of Elk Grove hosted a luncheon where they recognized 2018 Hometown Hero recipients, Cosumnes Fire Engineer Joe Guardino and Firefighter Julie Rider for their outstanding community service, as well as Elk Grove Police Officers and Elk Grove Unified School District staff.
Guardino has worked with the Fire Department for nearly 25 years and has remained involved in community events, including coordinating the Every 15 Minutes Program for the past 20 years, which brings awareness to teens at local high schools about the effects of drinking and driving. He has also worked with Pleasant Grove High School to bring Firefighter volunteers to their Special Needs Prom, and has coordinated the Rescue Santa efforts at the Dickens Street Faire. When he isn’t serving the Elk Grove community, you may find him engaged as the PTO president of his daughter’s elementary school or serving on the Board of Directors for his local Fire District.
Rider has worked for the Fire Department for 19 years and is always bringing fresh ideas for community involvement. Most recently, she created a Citizen Fire Academy, where community members can experience a day in the life of a firefighter.
Because Guardino and Rider have worked together for 12 years, when one has a program, the other is surely involved! Guardino was the Incident Commander for the Citizen Fire Academy and Rider assisted Guardino at Special Needs Prom, Rescue Santa and Every 15 Minutes. Both are Peer Support Team members and back in their early days on the job, Guardino was the Camp Director for the Firefighers Burn Institute’s Kids Camp and Rider was a camp counselor. When Guardino was a Firefighters Burn Institute Board Member, Rider was as well. They both work at Fire Station 71 and continue to find new ways to bring the community together!
Congratulations, Engineer Guardino and Firefighter Rider, and thank you for your continued commitment to excellent customer service and community involvement.