Thumbs up to the Medal of Bravery award winners honored by the Fresno Fire Department this week. Fire Capt. Reginald Zellous and specialists Randy E. Dennis and Darian T. Jackson also received commendations from the California Highway Patrol for rescuing an unconscious officer, CHP Officer Tanner Bean, 28, who was trapped on a burning median on Highway 180. Bean continues to recover and attended the event.
CHP Capt. Craig Kunzler awarded the three men the CHP award. He told Bee reporter Jim Guy he was “overwhelmed with pride” to be a public safety officer when he heard of the actions of the three firefighters. “It was clear their heroic actions saved the officer’s life.”
Thumbs down to phone scammers who are frightening people by pretending to be part of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office says the caller gives a false name and badge number and clams to have an arrest warrant for the person being called for failing to appear in court or for jury duty. The caller then tells the unsuspecting person that they need to pay money to avoid being arrested and taken to jail.
If you get the call, the Sheriff’s Office says, do not obey the demands, but document any information such as the caller’s name or phone number and report it online at www.fresnosheriff.org.
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Thumbs up to Poverello House in Fresno for its new Mobile Cafe, which will provide hot, nutritious meals to the homeless and needy people in rural Fresno County. The truck will also serve as a way to help link people with needed services, as well as provide an opportunity for the men in Poverello House’s resident rehabilitation program to gain work experience. The truck was dedicated last week.
Poverello House provides more than 1,500 hot meals daily to homeless people and others in need. About $110,000 in donations for the truck’s purchase and operations were given by the Agricultural Leadership Foundation Class 45, as well as farming companies in the Valley. The truck will make its first trip Oct. 29 to Mendota, and the goal is to provide a hot meal to 500 families in each community the truck visits.
Thumbs up to the compassionate HashtagLunchbag, a social media movement that came to Downtown Fresno to help feed our homeless population last weekend. According to ABC-30, residents of a homeless encampment were surprised with an unexpected lunch that arrived in a little brown bag filled with food donated by East Fresno Rotary and Food Commons Fresno. The homeless received sandwiches, cookies, fruit and also a note of encouragement. Messages like “Somebody is thinking of you” were designed to nourish the soul.
Groups in more than 120 cities have now hosted lunch bag events. The website is www.hashtaglunchbag.org. Fresno’s homeless folks downtown can expect as many as six lunches a year.
Thumbs up to High Sierra Showerheads of Coarsegold, a family-run business, for receiving the 2016 Watersense Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration for being a leader in water conservation. The company, which got its start making irrigation sprinklers, won a national award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its water-saving showerheads.
Company founder David Malcolm says High Sierra’s patented design sends water through an unimpeded, straight path, splitting water into two streams just before the large exit opening and colliding them back together, to make a spray of large, heavy droplets.
The showerheads are sold to consumers and also used by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Fresno Housing Authority and the Air Force Academy.