September 21, 2011
Patrick Lynch serves the Cosumnes Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic at Station 71. Recently, he organized a collection drive to supply coffee for the Marines and Sailors of Engineer Support Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, serving in Afghanistan.
Pat's best friend from high school, who is now a Marine, mentioned to Pat that the coffee was really bad. Pat felt that he was being presented with an opportunity to give something back to our troops. Armed with an address, he sent out a couple e-mails, including one to the Fire Department, asking for donations of coffee. Pat volunteered to pick up the donations and pay for shipping it overseas. In no time at all, Pat was picking up donated coffee and sending off a shipment daily. Money that was donated was used to purchase candy and snacks. Pat estimates that over 300 pounds of coffee was sent.
In addition to a thank you letter that was sent by the Marines and Sailors, they flew an American flag over Afghanistan that was sent to Pat for Station 71 as a token of their appreciation.
Although Pat credits the fire family for making the drive such a success, it is his actions that we recognize this evening. Had it not been for his willingness to pay tribute to the men and women who are serving our country, and his efforts with all the logistics, the "Coffee for the Troops" would never have happened. Pat is an excellent example of the generous, caring people that serve our Fire Department and this District well.
Julie Rider is the Cosumnes Fire Department's 2009 award winner for Firefighter of the Year. She is truly a a hometown hero - serving the community where she lives. She has been a firefighter in Elk Grove for 10 years. In addition, she has been actively involved in many volunteer opportunities throughout the years. She has served for several years as a counselor for burn survivors at the Firefighter's Kids Camp in Lake Tahoe and been an Advisory Board Member for the Firefighter's Burn Institute. She coordinated Elk Grove's annual boot drive from 2003-2007 to raise money for burn survivors and burn recovery programs. She founded the CSD's Kids Tri-For-Fun, which raises money for Leukemia & Lymphoma and currently the Firefighter's Burn Institute.
She has also been involved in many of our fire department programs and committees. She has served as a co-director for the Kid's Fire Camp in Elk Grove. She's a member of the CQI Committee and the Customer Service Committee. She has been an active participant in the Every 15 Minutes program that educates high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving. She has worked with our Fire Interns, and is an active Honor Guard Member.
Julie has recently served in the Special Operations Division as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator for the Cosumnes Fire Department and has been speaking at many community events and to local organizations in Elk Grove to solicit participation for our CERT program.