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REEDLEY – Two local police officers were among first responders and officers honored at Reedley Elks Lodge’s 7th Annual Officer and First Responder Appreciation Dinner on April 24.

Selma Police Officer Alejandro Alvarez and Kingsburg Police Officer Rick Mejia were honored by Exalted Ruler Forrest Wright and Chaplain Marvin Elrod who presented certificates to each of the recipients.

“This event grows every year,” Wright said. “This year we welcomed 85 members from eight local communities. The chiefs all expressed their gratitude to the Reedley Elks Lodge for their dedication to serving so many local communities and thanked them for taking time to recognize these very special people.”

The chiefs of Reedley, Dinuba, Parlier, Kingsburg, Orange Cove, Selma, Sanger and Fowler Police and Fire Departments selected an individual from their respective departments to honor them for outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty to their communities.

The Sequoia Safety Council was also honored for their work at serving a very large, local community. A representative from each of these departments shared each recipient’s story of hard work, dedication to their job and their community, the sacrifices they have made and the honor of having each of them in their respective departments.

Also honored were Sanger Police Detective Abraham Ruiz; Sanger Fire Engineer/Paramedic Chris Waddle; Orange Cove Fire Office Manager Heather Alvarez; Dinuba Fire Engineer/Medic Rhonda LeLand; Reedley Fire Engineer Daniel Lopez; Reedley Police Officer Eric Curry; Sequoia Safety Council Paramedic Jennifer Salcido; Parlier Police Officer Omar Hernandez; Fowler Fire Engineer Eric Galarza; and Fowler Police Field Training Officer Michael Allison.

The dinner included the presentation of colors and flag salute by Boy Scout Troop 228 color guard and Allyson Stevens sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

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