University of Arizona Medical Center Trauma Surgeon Peter Rhee, MD, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and others will pay tribute to all Southern Arizona first responders and especially to four “Hero of the Year Award” recipients at a press conference in the fifth annual Tucson observance of Heroes Day, Oct. 18.
This year’s Heroes of the Year award recipients are:
· Jobe Dickinson, a Tucson Police Department officer who responded to an armed robbery and coordinated the response of several other patrol units, which resulted in the capture of all four suspects.
· Ty Cobb, a firefighter at Northwest Fire Department who, while off-duty, freed a crash victim from a burning vehicle and also rendered medical care to other victims until additional personnel arrived at the scene.
· Roberto Heredia, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who hiked up mountains on one of the hottest days of the year to provide aid, carry to safety through rugged terrain and ultimately save the life of a semi-conscious and combative alien.
· Aaron Escalante, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who – along with his military working dog – assessed an Afghani terrorist operations site, detecting an arsenal of weapons and hidden explosives to secure the site and suspend terrorist operations there.
Heroes Day is a volunteer effort supported by Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care and presented by American Openings in partnership with the UMC Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports The University of Arizona Medical Center.
Heroes Day was created in Tucson in 2008 to honor Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite and to thank law enforcement members who serve the state and put their lives at risk every day.
Other 2012 Heroes Day events include:
· A “Stronger Than Steel” 2012 photography exhibit featuring works by photographic artist Roni Ziemba will preview on Oct. 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Gallery Row, 2001 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 139. Tickets are $50 per person and include live music, cocktails, appetizers and a meet-and-greet with the artist. Call the reservation line at 520-694-1196 to purchase tickets.
· Free breakfast or lunch will be available to all first responders on Oct. 18 at any of the five Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care locations: 5852 E. Speedway Blvd., 8080 E. 22nd St., 4291 W. Ina Road, 3002 N. First Ave. and 7846 N. Oracle Road. The public is invited to stop by any of these locations on Oct. 18 to sign ‘thank you’ banners or to drop off personal notes of appreciation to first responders.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18
WHERE: La Encantada Shopping Center courtyard, 2905 E. Skyline Drive