Heroes Day is now in year 5 recognizing Southern Arizona first responders for keeping our community safe and helping our citizens in times of crisis. Each year first responders are nominated for service above and beyond the call of duty by their peers and people in the community like you.
Jack Furrier Tire and Auto Care is proud to partner with the UMC Trauma Center in our annual Jack Furrier Tire and Auto Care is proud to partner with the UMC Trauma Center including our Heroes Day Press conference as well as our free breakfast and lunch for first responders at 5 area locations.
History of Heroes' Day
In 2008, a special day was created to honor fallen Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite and also to thank our brave law enforcement members who serve our state and put their lives at risk every day. It is a day designed to thank first responders for keeping our community safe and helping our citizens in times of crisis. It gives the community a chance to show their appreciation for all they do, while also raising money for a great cause. Last year, Governor Brewer presented Anthony Gonzales of Tucson Fire Department, Karen Corcoran and Nick Romine of Healthcare Innovations, and Steve Hammon of Oro Valley Police Department with the Heroes Day award. Senator John McCain sent a video of his appreciation and support for our heroes. Dr. Peter Rhee spoke on behalf of the UMC Trauma center and will be there again this year.
We salute our 2013 Heroes
Michael Schick U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol supervisor Michael Shick risked his life rescuing three people abandoned in the trunk of a car that burst into flames after it crashed into a barbed wire fence in the desert as it was being pursued by Border Patrol agents. After calling the Tohono O’odham Fire Department, he tried to put out the blaze, which had spread to nearby brush, Agent Schick was able to open the trunk and provide a way out for three occupants who were locked inside, moments after the rescue, the vehicle’s gas tank exploded
Jason Hamilton Southwest Ambulance EMT
Southwest Ambulance emergency medical technician (EMT), who on his way home after a 24-hour shift working a mass casualty incident on I-10 noticed a car being driven erratically, then crashing into a guardrail. As the vehicle teetered over the rail with a wash below, he pulled the elderly female driver from it and performed CPR with the assistance of a nurse on the scene until a Drexel Heights Fire crew arrived to take over
Officer Dan Rowen Marana Police Department
Marana Police Department officer and retired New York City firefighter and 9/11 survivor from Lower Manhattan’s Engine 33/Ladder 9, who saved the life of a woman intent on killing herself. He noticed her car parked near a pecan grove and checked on her but didn’t feel right about her response that she simply pulled over to rest – so returned later to find her unconscious and unresponsive with prescription narcotics and alcohol hidden in the car. He gave her first aid until paramedics arrived and she could be taken to a hospital for medical and psychological care.
We salute our 2012 Heroes!
Officer Jobe Dickinson was dispatched to a report of an armed robbery and observed a vehicle that was believed to be involved in three other robbery incidents that occurred earlier in the night. After evading Officer Dickinson, the suspect collided with two other vehicles at an intersection. Dickinson immediately responded to the area to assist at the scene and as he approached, saw four male occupants fleeing their vehicle. One of the suspects attempted to carjack another vehicle to make his escape. Officer Dickinson initiated a foot pursuit and coordinated the response of several other patrol units, capturing that suspect before he could victimize any other citizens. Ultimately, three of the four suspects were captured that evening and the fourth was identified and captured on a later date. In addition, several items of evidence were recovered; including money that was taken in at least one robbery as well as weapons and clothing that were used during the other robberies.
Firefighter Ty Cobb was returning home on I-10 after working an overtime shift when he encountered traffic beginning to slow near the downtown area. The slowing was caused by a pick-up truck traveling the wrong way, entering the off ramp of Congress and colliding head on with a sedan. As a result of the collision, one passenger was ejected and another was trapped in a burning car. Cobb instinctively rushed to render aid to the burning vehicle. Unable to get the doors open, he entered through the rear window and assessed the driver. With the help of other bystanders, he was able to free the door to remove the crash victim. Cobb continued to render medical care, providing ventilations until additional personnel arrived at the scene. Cobb represented the very best of what a Firefighter should be, putting the lives of others before his own.
Agent Roberto Heredia was involved in rescue which began with an alien arrest. The detainee reported that a companion was left near the Atascosa Mountains near Nogales, Arizona. The companion was suffering from heat related distress and was unable to walk. Due to the extreme heat and treacherous terrain, the suspect was unwilling to lead agents to the location of the other alien. After an unsuccessful helicopter search, Heredia persisted and hiked up the mountains on one of the hottest days recorded in 2011. After a few hours, Heredia heard faint cries for help and notified a search crew. With nowhere to land a helicopter, Heredia provided aid and carried the semi-conscious and combative alien back through the rugged terrain. His brave actions saved the victim’s life and Heredia proved to be an exemplary agent and leader.
While stationed in Afghanistan, SSgt Aaron Escalante was called by the Afghan National Army to investigate a compound known to house top Taliban commanders. Without hesitation, he and his Military Working Dog, Mushe, entered the deadly site together. After a thorough assessment, Escalante was able detect not only the location of hidden explosives but also an intricate web of terrorist activities supported by an arsenal of rockets, grenades and AK-47s. After removing the dangerous materials, the compound was secured and suspended of all terrorist operations. Escalante’s heroism and valor proves he is an asset to our military.
Dan Gutierrez, an officer for the Department of Public Safety got a call for the abduction of an infant on October 13, 2010.His work on the Child Predator Apprehension Team prepared him to deal with the armed and dangerous offender. After a violent confrontation, Gutierrez managed to rescue the child while keeping his partners safe.
Nicole Crowson, a deputy for Pima County Sheriff's Department was responding to a robbery on April 1st, 2011. The suspect fled the scene and his car collided with another vehicle carrying a family. The impact of the crash sent the family's car through the garage of a nearby home and into a tree. With the accelerator pinned and smoke building, Crowson quickly pulled the family members out of the car and away from the flames.
Tyler Menke, a firefighter for Tucson Fire Department was on scene for a helicopter crash on July 28, 2010. The helicopter was on fire but Menke disappeared from sight as he walked into the flames. He emerged carrying a man still connected to his seat and the victim was rushed to hospital. Although the victim later died, his family was able to say goodbye because of Menke's heroic actions. v