December 7, 2013 – – Tradition forms a large part of fire department heritage and the San Diego Fire-Rescue department continues on with two traditions that go back in time further than many of its younger members can remember.
Working with the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, San Diego’s fire stations have provided easily accessible toy drop-off locations for years, assisting the Marines in their toy collection program, which began in Los Angeles in 1947.
Closer to home kitchens, San Diego Fire-Rescue firefighters, who are members of IAFF Local 145, hand out turkeys and potatoes prior to Christmas each year, to selected members of the community. This year, the firefighters handed out the traditional meal fixings to over 220 recipients at Fire Station 19 on Friday afternoon, and then repeated the drill Saturday morning to over 100 recipients at Fire Station 17.
Assisting the firefighters in the handout were Council members Marti Emerald and David Alvarez along with San Diego Padres Bud Black, Cameron Maybin, Nick Vincent, Mark Loretta, Randy Jones, Trevor Hoffman and Tim Stauffer. Of course, not to be outdone, Santa arrived to hand out goodies to everyone waiting for their holiday meal fixings.